Telstra, a major Australian corporation, saw the merit of “leasing” a domain name for years.
Yet, there is a new “.au Domain Administration Rules; Licensing” auDA Policy that is due to be implemented very soon (currently appearing on auDA’s front page as…)
The “new policy” (complete with an added ridiculous 40-page Explanatory Guide) (I thought the new policy rules were supposed to make everything simpler?!?!) now states;
“2.11.11 A Person must not rent, lease, sub-licence or permit the use of the licence by another Person, unless that Person is a related body corporate with an Australian presence.”
On contacting auDA recently, one Domainer reader sent us their official response;
You will continue to be free to register domain names in namespaces such as .com if you wish to operate a business leasing domain names to third parties.
How have auDA’s infamous PRP and a small handful of auDA Directors and auDA’s Manager of Policy and Strategy been able to get away with slipping in this crazy new rule?
There seems to be one or two individual people at the head of auDA who seem intent on taking the Australian domain name space BACKWARDS, all seemingly due to a personal vendetta against “Domain Investors” who are merely Australian Entrepreneurs preparing for future successes.
Did auDA ever take into account that Domain Name Leasing is a legal right in Australia protected by Commonwealth and International Law IP?
It’s listed specifically under a Trademark Class 450233
auDA’s new proposed domain name leasing restrictions / banning are simply absurd and not in line with the rest of the domain name, IP Rights or business world.
Every business in Australia can lease a premises for business use. They can lease equipment for business use. They can lease a car for business use. You can even lease a 1300 business phone number! Yet, silly-old-outdated auDA are now proclaiming no one can lease a domain name (internet real estate) for business use.
After the last CEO’s period of control, we are seeing more and more that auDA was never cleaned out or “updated”.
It’s becoming as clear as mud, that the auDA swamp STILL needs to be drained and updated with the right people moving forward.
More to come…