With regards the responses to the auDA 2015 Names Panel, I found it interesting to read the written submissions. These are people and organisations who have made the effort to put their point of view across (both for and against).
That’s not to knock those people who in good faith completed the survey. Their views are equally important.
Unfortunately, as we now know, that survey result was “somewhat” manipulated in the last week by a big registrar group mass emailing their client base telling people to vote “yes”. Registrants who had made the effort to give their honest opinions either for or against were literally swamped by the thousands of “yes” votes. That was the game changer – though it shouldn’t have been.
Anyway, back to the written responses. I thought I would publish some extracts from a sample of these respondents. Those for; and those against. Today, I give the “For” case (from two of the heavy hitters of the Supply side).
Of the 27 written submissions to the Draft Recommendations (see full list at end of article), only a handful really wanted direct registrations.
You don’t need to be a Rhodes Scholar to see that it comes down to “Supply versus “Demand” again. 😉
Those For It
Bolding is mine.
We believe that opening the .au namespace to direct registrations will ensure the continuing provision of a strong and viable namespace for our nation. We believe that through careful management, the opening of the .au namespace to direct registrations will enhance the reputation of the namespace and position it for continued innovation.
Though they did also say:
Finally we believe that the implementation of such an opening of the .au namespace can be achieved in a manner which respects existing .au Registrants. AusRegistry supports the establishment of an implementation working group consisting of Internet stakeholders to ensure that questions relating to a hierarchy of rights, grandfathering and a release program are developed.
We believe that the time is right to open the .au namespace to direct registrations. In doing so we would not be heading into uncharted waters; two recent and relevant examples of countries that have undergone such a process are New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Both these countries were in a similar situation to the .au namespace, and both within the last two years have undergone a successful process allowing direct registrations.
Yes .au should be opened for registrations in the second level. This is long overdue and Australia has lagged a long way behind the rest of the global internet community in making this change. In the top 20 ccTLD’s .au is the only space that does not allow registrations in the second level. Many of these spaces clearly show that registrations in the second and third levels can quite happily co-exist with no confusion in those markets.
On the matter of monetization we might suggest an evolution of the space similar to the existing 2LD’s in .au such that domains might not be able to be registered for this specific purpose for say 5 years from the date of go live. This would give businesses and individuals an opportunity to establish a brand/space before premium names are tied up in domainer portfolios.
You could also manage this issue in the same way a number the new TLD’s have by having differential pricing models which effectively prices domainers out of holding large portfolios.
The rights of existing holders should be respected. If people or businesses have taken the time to register their marks in Australia, the rights that are associated with those registrations should be protected. Once these users have been accounted for, the space should be open to all users on a first come, first served basis in a landrush process.”
By existing holders, he was referring to trademark holders and not existing registrants. This position was NOT accepted by the Names Panel.
Here are all written responses to the Draft Recommendations:
AUSREGISTRY PTY LTD
AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS CONSUMER ACTION NETWORK (ACCAN)
BUY DIRECT PTY LTD
COWPER, Joshua Todd
edu.au DOMAIN ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE (eDAC)
GILBERT + TOBIN
GOV.AU DOMAIN ADMINISTRATION (DTO)
INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION (INTA)
MELBOURNE IT GROUP
THE LUCKY COUNTRY
XAMAX CONSULTANCY PTY LTD
This is the link to summation of the 4495 survey responses.