Today we start a series on Domainer about the many rules and policies that the Australian domain regulator has.
Many people think we are way over-regulated in Australia compared to our peers in other countries.
And no one knows where they stand because the “goal posts” keep getting moved. For instance, the licensing rules were again amended on the 12th October.
Here’s the kicker though. Whilst they have been approved by the auDA Board, the commencement date is still to be confirmed. It was supposed to happen earlier this year – now it has been put out to Q1 or Q2 next year.
Who knows how many more amendments may be made in that time?
Speaking for the domain investor community (of which there are many) how are we supposed to have confidence in what lies ahead?
Is “Direct Registration” (the ability to register a domain name at the “second level” e.g. Domainer.au) going to happen; and if so, when is it going to happen?
In Part 2 (coming up)
We will examine auDA’s compliance system, and illustrate some examples of who gets targeted and who doesn’t. It won’t surprise you when I say that some domain investors are viewed as “easy pickings”; whilst other registrants are left alone.