It's all about domain names


  1. “free Cor is a great idea, it will save us and our clients a lot of money. We buy domains for our clients when we build their sites a lot of them time.”  auDA Registrar

    “COR’s are a pain in the ass for us, we need to train staff, need to answer about a billion questions/complaints from Registrants, we either need to allocate resources to a manual process, or invest development time to build automated systems. Even with an automated process some registrants still want to use a manual process as they don’t have or don’t want to use a credit card.

    There are very few COR’s on a monthly basis, the ones we do would represent about 0.000001% of our monthly gross revenue.

    So I’d **much** rather we just went in line with gTLD’s where users can update their own Registrant contact. We provide the interface and that’s the end of our involvement. I can’t imagine there is a Registrar out there thinking they are going to make money out of COR’s. Generally a high cost of COR isn’t reflective of a cash grab but a deterrent to actually having to do the bloody things.” Brett Fenton Melbourne IT Group ​auDA Registrar

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  2. Your concerned auDA Member seems to have his/her understanding the costs of COR and auDA policy somewhat muddled.

    Currently auDA does not charge for a COR. Under current policy when a COR occurs it is a requirement that a new 2 year domain licence is issued. This results in a cost associated with the domain licence not in the actual COR itself. Registrars may charge a fee for their service to recuperate their administration costs, just like any other business.

    The PRP (Policy Review Panel) in their Interim Report has made the following statement regarding Change of Registrant.

    “The Panel has considered whether the transferee of an existing domain name licence should retain the rights to the remainder of the licence period.

    This does not appear to be a controversial issue.

    The Panel considers that any pre-payment of the registration fee should go to the benefit of the transferee, provided that the proposed transferee meets the relevant eligibility and allocation requirements prior to the transfer. This approach is consistent with international practice and ensures that only one fee is paid for the duration of the licence period. Registrars are compensated for any potential costs by payment of a transfer fee.

    The Panel will recommend that a process be created which allows a domain name transferee to receive the benefit of any remaining licence period.”


    Basically this means that a new licence would no longer have to be issued, so no longer a licence fee and thus potentially free COR. If a Registrar or Reseller wishes to charge for providing it’s service is up to them and comes down to a competitive marketplace.


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  3. Thanks for your input, Ian.

    So, this looks like it is the Registrars that need to be passing on the remaining fee? If they choose?

    Does this response clear this up for you, Chris?

  4. So will it be available from 1st July 2018 and if not why not?

    Can auDA pull their fingers out and include it in one of their Board meetings to pass so it is ready to go?

    If someone registers a name for 5 years paying up front 1st July 2018 with the new Afilias wholesale registry provider and then in 3,6,12 months they sell the name they need to know the remaining license period will be transferred without any excessive old red tape of additional wasted costs.


    Of course auDA and other will love to make the extra $$  profits so Consumers need to know they will not delay it further.


    There is no excuses for auDA Management, auDA Board to delay this and not get Afilias and Registrars up to speed on it so they also can test their systems to be in time for 1st July 2018.


    They have known about Afilias and new wholesale registry for a long time, have had the PRP going for a long time and had a lot of available auDA Board meetings and Board get togethers to get it done.


    Things like this should take preference over auDA Board spending their focus and meeting time conspiring and pushing for their own pay rises of up to $170,000 which members will vote on at the AGM possibly.