Last night, a very lucky individual hand-registered University.com.au over at Crazy Domains.
It’s a very generic domain name. As generic as you can get.
The only small, tiny problem is…
It appears on auDA’s Reserved List Policy, alongside the following list of names:
I informed the new owner of this, but noted that it was VERY generic and that almost EVERY OTHER WORD or PHRASE listed under the RESTRICTED UNDER LEGISLATION section of the Reserved List Policy has been being used as a private domain name for decades by general businesses or companies.
This implies that auDA have always allowed this to happen, and will probably continue to do so.
Commonwealth.com.au is a private fancy golf-course-type club.
Federal.com.au points to a private website.
And, maybe most importantly…
My point in all of this simply goes as follows…
If auDA attempt to use this outdated, and clearly non-governed policy to remove University.com.au from the new owner, they will also be forced to admit they have not bothered enforcing this policy for decades, and will also have to remove all of the above domain names from all of these other domain name holders as well, including INGDirect.
Congratulations to the new owner of University.com.au !!!!
You lucky bugger!
One has to consider how this all happened though?
Did this domain name DROP yesterday, due to the current Afilias migration?
And if it did, what about this section of the Reserved List Policy that states:
1.2 The Reserved List is held in the registry database. Each application for a domain name is checked against the Reserved List and domain names that exactly match a name on the Reserved List are blocked from registration.
Afilias have let this domain name through, so it must have been absolutely fine to register?
They didn’t BLOCK the domain name from registration…
Apparently there’s still gold nuggets laying on the surface of some sections of land, if you just bother to look!