With all the talk over the past 12 months about the possible introduction of direct registrations in Australia, I read an article yesterday on the auDA news feed (collated by David Goldstein) that put a smile on my face.
Why? Because it reminded me that there are other domain spaces in the western world where you wouldn’t or couldn’t be a domainer!
Have a read of this article from The Irish Times about the domain space in Ireland – and in particular, the secondary market.
“Proposal to allow Irish domain names to be resold”
The article seems to describe domain investors / domainers as potentially being “unauthorised domain sellers” or “rogue traders”. Ouch!
“By creating a regulated secondary market, we are providing increased access to a respected and valued domain while protecting consumers from rogue traders,” said IEDR chief executive David Curtin.
Over the past eight years, we’ve actually come a long way in Australia with our domain space.
Prior to 2008, no one could easily sell a domain name here! Then, after another working group, auDA introduced a 6 month qualifying rule; and eventually, that was relaxed too. I wrote about this in a post on Flying Solo back in 2011.
Whilst it is sometimes easy to be critical of auDA, I think they have slowly but surely moved to improve .au. Almost every year, there’s been a working group or panel comprising a cross section of industry participants that has looked at how .au can be improved for the benefit of stakeholders. Not every recommendation gets the nod from the auDA Board, but many have. For that, they should be congratulated imo.
Obviously, there is the contentious subject of direct registrations in Australia which is currently under consideration. People who read Domainer well know my opinion on this. But that’s another story altogether!
Ned O’Meara – 22 July 2016