One of the biggest changes regarding Australian domain names is due to come into force next Monday – 12th April 2020. There are to be new licensing rules that will affect the registration and renewal of Aussie domains.
Make no mistake – my experience over 20 years tells me that there are going to be many registrants that wouldn’t have a clue this is happening. Hence the title of this article. I wonder whether the auDA Board and Management have considered a short amnesty period for registrants to get their “house in order”?
Those of us in the industry know that there are thousands of registrants that have currently got incorrect registrant details. It could be that their business structure changed years ago, and they now have a different entity or a new ABN / ACN. But their domain (or domains) has been on auto-renewal at their registrar, and it (they) keep getting renewed incorrectly. Or their Trademark details have changed or are no longer in existence. Or the Trademark that they rely upon for eligibility with auDA does not meet auDA’s new exact match requirements.
Registrars are going to become more powerful than they already are. They will have the power to delete non-compliant domains (some of which they have gladly renewed over the years). But don’t get your hopes up of snaffling one of these domains. Deleted domains gets purged on a daily basis, and these go on the expired auctions. At present, there is only one drop catcher, so they stand to benefit.
auDA, I think a short amnesty period would be a wonderful gesture. Will they do it? Because Domainer suggested it, probably not.