Australian Domain Name News
— Uniregistry give up on Australian domain names.
Today when I logged into my Uniregistry account and tried to hand-register a ‘.com.au’ domain name, I was given the following message…
It appears Uniregistry’s sale to GoDaddy has now seen the once-awesome platform for Australian domain names swallowed up by GoDaddy?
When you click the link above, you are literally thrown over to GoDaddy.
How do you feel knowing you can’t use Uniregistry anymore, and have to be a customer of GoDaddy going forward, if you want to keep using Uniregistry?
— auDA Board Minutes
Here is an interesting read from the recent auDA board minutes.
6.2 ABN/ACN/Trademark/Business Name Search Tool
“The Board discussed Management’s request for approval for a related party transaction for the provision of an ABN/ACN/Trademark/Business Name Search Tool as a service to registrars. The Board considered the outcome of the RFP process and the legal advice on the conflict of interest and related party transaction issues associated with the transaction (one Director of the vendor provides legal advice to Afilias and the other is an auDA staff member)
The Board resolved to approve the proposed related party transaction with Applied Marks Pty Ltd to provide an ABN/ACN/Trademark/Business Name Search Tool as a service to registrars, subject to including a review of the related party aspects of the transaction every 12 months by the Board.”
It appears that 2 of the Applied Marks Pty Ltd directors, Benjamin Lehman & David Taylor are ex Melbourne IT and have historical contacts with auDA COO, BruceTonkin. David Taylor is employed by auDA.
With potentially 3.2 Million domains needing checking every year the contract must be worth a reasonable amount.
— New Drop Catcher Update?
Domainer has reached out to Cam and the DropCatcher.com.au team for an update on how they’re travelling and we understand Cam is currently waiting for auDA’s provisional approval of Drop Catcher’s Registrar Application before he can move forward. I wonder if the auDA Board will approve Drop Catcher’s provisional Registrar Agreement as fast as they approved the “potential conflict of interest” and “related party” contract above?
In the meantime, it looks like Drop.com.au are kicking goals as the lone domain name auction platform selling some big domains on the drops recently, including Delivery.com.au yesterday for at least 5-figures.
— Recent Sales
I sold a decent domain last week. I won’t mention the actual name at this point, but I will give you guys the first three letters. I sold “The_____.com.au” for $22,000(.) Could this be the highest sale of an Australian domain name with the word “the” before it in Australia?
Domainer will keep publicising big domain sales when possible. Please email other recent sales to us as this will continue to help show the community the value of our awesome Australian domain names.