Just over a week ago, the generic domain name Banking.com.au was ripped away from ING Group (A billion dollar banking corporation). It is believed they had (and still have?) NO IDEA they lost this valuable generic premium domain name.
A few days later, the Government Department Of Human Services lost MyGov.com.au and MyGov.org.au(.) We believe they have no idea they no longer own these domain names.
Two days ago, a businessman who has owned the domain name Australia.net.au since 1996 had his domain name LOCKED and RIPPED AWAY from him.
I spoke with him today and he is devastated. He says he is currently losing countless emails and business, because his email address for 22 years has been “@australia.net.au” and his marketing material has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and other publications over the past few decades.
He said he spoke with Crazy Domains as it was happening and asked what could be done and they said “nothing can be done”.
How and why are “digital assets” being ripped away from businesses at the moment?
If you’re only just catching up on this, I have written detailed information in my previous article. But to put it simply…
auDA’s Policy Review Panel released an issues paper in January 2018 which contained an expanded list of words, phrases and acronyms whose use is restricted under Australian Law to be added to the Reserved List Policy to blacklist ownership of certain Australian domain names.
It is unclear if the Australian Government “requested” The PRP to do this, or if one or two people in The PRP took it upon themselves to come up with generic domain names they personally felt should be “banned and blacklisted” from ownership due to Australian Legislation dating back to the 1920’s and 1950’s.
Because of the “expanded list of words” added to the Reserved List Policy, auDA have demanded Afilias (Australia’s Domain Name Registry Database Operator) to LOCK these domain names from being renewed or owned.
In my previous article, I explained that NO OTHER ccTLD in the world blocks the generic-word domain “Banking” from ownership.
But here’s another point for auDA and The PRP to carefully consider (when ING surely decide they want their name back?)…
auDA PUBLICLY SOLD the domain name to ING BANK at their “Generic Auctions” way back in 2002. ING Bank purchased the domain name at the time as ING Bank (Australia) Limited under the ACN 000893292.
It appears that 18 years later, auDA have decided to “reneg” on the deal and withdraw and revoke the sale of the domain name with no refund or compensation to ING BANK.
And what about the Australian businessman who purchased Australia.net.au in 1996, only to have his name ripped away from him with no compensation or refund 22 years later?
This is happening to a lot of generic premium domain names every week at the moment!
There are also dozens of other names that have been RIPPED AWAY and LOCKED over the course of this year, we are still putting the list together.
Before this whole situation spirals to much higher out-of-control levels, I would suggest auDA put their thinking-caps back on and revisit the domain names that appear on this Reserved Policy List and the reason’s WHY they were added.
Perhaps give people back their premium generic domain names while they figure this whole mess out?
As promised, the full list of “pending” and “recently” LOCKED generic domain names are coming here soon…