Our Kiwi cousins across the ditch made the decision a few years back that they needed direct registrations e.g. sheepshaggers.nz. This was despite only having a population of around 4,500,000 at the time – and total domains of around 500,000.
To be fair though, it wasn’t your average registrant or domain investor that wanted this. It was the supply side – in combination with the regulator (which is also the registry) – that pushed this change through.
To keep everyone in work, the regulator came up with a convoluted process on how to deal with “prior rights” of existing registrants. They called this the Conflicted Name Process. What a shemozzle this was. Rather than describe it all again here, have a read of the article I wrote back in May 2016.
Given this was such a problem, the regulator then decided to change the process. I covered that here.
It’s pay the registrar / regulator time! If you hold the rights to a reserved domain name, you have until 1pm tomorrow NZ time (30th March) to pay for it. If you don’t, it then becomes available for anyone else to register. This article from the regulator explains the process.
One of the most widely read articles on Domainer back in 2015 was “Follow The Money”. Unfortunately, I lost some “Supply” friends over this.
This subsequent article “Still Following The Money” related to dropcatchers (in particular Netfleet).
Are You A Rhodes Scholar?
The good thing is you don’t need to be one. Thanks to our friends across the ditch, it’s very easy to work out what’s going to happen if and when direct registrations in .au transpire.
What do you think?
Ned O’Meara – 28th March 2017