Here are some stories that domain investors may be interested in.
Drop.com.au comes under attack
In Australia, there is currently only one expired domain name “catcher”. That is Drop. Every day at 1.30pm, expired domains are purged at the registry, and Drop with its “drop catching software” enables domain investors and other registrants to make a bid on any domain they want. The problem in the past is that this was a secretive process. Fast forward to 12th April this year, and Drop introduced some transparency into the bidding process. However, there are many that are not happy – particularly given that Drop itself acquired a domain name for a supposed $10,000. And they weren’t happy with prices being published by Domainer! Have a read of this story to get the gist of the antipathy against their conduct. Given that our regulator auDA is striving for transparency and accountability in the .au space, one wonders why they allow this sort of secrecy from one of their registrars?
Another Drop Catcher
As indicated in last weeks “Snippets”, domain investors (and probably auDA) will be pleased to know that a competitor to Drop is on its way. I have been given an inside scoop on this new operation, and will be writing about it later this week. Competition is good!
Browsing through some recent auDRP complaints (.au Dispute Resolution Policy), I found two that were very interesting.
- A current one is Parramatta.com.au. What makes this notable is that the registrant of this domain is Publishing Australia (formerly involved with the ownership of Netfleet). For the life of me I cannot see how any complainant could succeed on a geographic name like this? But maybe there are some factors I don’t know?
- A previous complaint is intriguing for a number of reasons. This is on the domain Bromance.com.au. Firstly, the registrant lost the domain via a split decision. Secondly, the punitive measure was not a transfer of domain – it was cancellation. This is rare. Have a read of the case – it is really interesting. Andrew Christie and John Swinson were in the majority; The Hon Neil Brown Q.C. dissented quite firmly. What makes this even more notable is that because the domain name was cancelled, it went back on the expired auctions on the 28th November 2020, and was purchased by the same registrant!
Domainer has been reliably informed that the domain Amber.com.au was recently sold for $27,500. The purchaser was Amber Electric, and the seller was well respected domain investor Luke Smorgon of Activate / Turbine. Luke had purchased this domain via the expired auctions fairly recently. Congratulations to buyer and seller.