The auDA 2017 Policy Review Panel (PRP) has today released an issues paper on the potential implementation of direct registrations in Australia. The full announcement is on the auDA website.
Your comments are vital, so if you feel strongly one way or the other about how this could or should be done, you need to make a written submission on the issues paper. Deadline is the 10th November – but my advice is not to dilly dally! Get them in; and they will be posted on the auDA website (unless you specify confidentiality).
1. What date should be chosen as the cut-off date for determining registrant eligibility for priority registration of the second level domain name, and why?
2. Should registrants of domain names at the fourth level within edu.au and gov.au be eligible for priority registration? If so, what rules should apply?
3. What process should be implemented to resolve competing claims to the same .au name and why? Should registrants whose claim is unsuccessful be given priority to register another second level domain name?
4. How much time should priority registrants have to exercise their right to register the matching second level name before it is made available to the public for registration?
5. Should certain names be reserved for future use as 2LDs? Please indicate which names and why they should be reserved as future 2LDs?
6. Are there names whose use is not prohibited at law that should be reserved?
7. Should names that are potentially confusing or misleading when registered at the second level be reserved (ie not available for registration)?
8. Should names that are a deliberate misspelling of the existing 2LDs be prohibited from being registered at the second level?
9. Should direct registration be implemented in .au using a staged process or concurrent reservation and open availability process, and why?
10. Should other registrants or rights holders be given priority during the landrush or reservation period to register a second level domain name (trademark owners)?
How To Make A Submission
You don’t have to comment on every single issue or question if you don’t want to – just comment on what’s important to you.
Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com ; or posted to:
Policy Review Panel
c/o .au Domain Administration Ltd
PO Box 18315
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Remember there will be at least two public consultations. Submissions are what will sway the ultimate decision making process. Just remember what happened with Nominet!
♦ I am a member of this Panel, and have given my commitment as to the confidentiality of the process. Therefore, whilst you are welcome to make comments, I will not be doing so!
♦ Please note that there will be Minutes published of each PRP meeting. As this is an independent panel, these should be fairly prompt compared to what one normally expects with auDA!