Last Friday, the rare premium two-letter domain name ic.com.au dropped, but hardly anyone noticed.
Did you see that it was available to bid on?
Domainer was inundated with complaints that ic.com.au looked to be deliberately hidden and buried at the very bottom of Drop.com.au‘s daily drop list. Even when you searched for “ic“, you would expect ic.com.au to appear near the top of the search results, yet you had to scroll all the way to the bottom to find it.
Guess who “acquired” it?
Guzzini Pty Ltd – a company whose Directors are David Warmuz’s parents. The same David Warmuz that owns Drop and Netfleet.
Previous complaints from clients of Drop about Guzzini’s activities (on Drop) resulted in David Warmuz confirming that Guzzini would not be permitted to use the platform. This was a couple of years ago.
Obviously things have changed.
The fox seems to be back in the henhouse.
To auDA: Is this type of activity permitted under Clause 19.2 of the Registrar Agreement? Is Drop as a sole dropcatcher effectively enriching itself, its “affiliates” or “related entities” at the expense of ordinary registrants?
To David Warmuz and Anthony Peake: Can you not see how bad this looks? Why have you rescinded your previous undertaking about Guzzini? Where is the transparency?