auDA finalises .au recommendations

auDA finalises .au recommendations

The Name Policy Advisory Panel of the Australian Domain Authority (auDA) has completed its review of domain name policy, making a broad range or recommendations that did not differ greatly from their public consultation report published late last year.

The panel has recommended there be no limit on the number of domain names able to be registered by an entity. It also wants to introduce a renewal period for all domain names, and to allow companies and individuals to include trade marks as an eligible criteria for registering a domain name.

The paper calls for new methods of determining what amounts to a close and substantial connection between a domain name and its licensee, and recommends the creation of a 'reserved list' for domain names.

The final report does not differ greatly to the public consultation report released in November 2000 and February 2001. Panel Chair Derek Whitehead said he found most contributions and submissions in response to the public consultation reports were scattered in their views, being for or against a particular recommendation. The only unanimous view was that on the whole, there needed to be less regulation in the Australian domain market.

The report will be presented to the auDA board, who will discuss the recommendations on May 8.

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