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Archive for the ‘Domain Policy’ Category

Understanding the WHOIS Search Service

One of the common features available to domain registrants all around the world is the WHOIS search service. The service, operated as a separate repository for each geographical location, is akin to a localised registry for domains. Behind the functional operation of the local service is AusRegistry, who administer and maintain the system on behalf of all users. More specifically, registrants’ details are collected by their respective registrar, who then pass the data onto AusRegistry. Users may look up the contact details of a domain name registrant which they are interested in. In a local context, this includes all the […]

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What is Cybersquatting?

While we often take comfort in the legal protection afforded to business names, brands or products courtesy of copyrights and trademarks, sometimes such protective measures fail to deter those with underhanded motives. One of the common complaints that arises within the industry concerns cybersquatting. In this context, cybersquatting involves the registration of a domain by someone when they are ineligible to do so. More specifically, it is the “deliberate and abusive” registration of a domain name related to “marketable and trademark” terms. The registrant often uses the domain in bad faith and attempts to profit from this practice by: licensing […]

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Keeping Your Domain Name Secure

In today’s day and age, where cyber security is becoming an increasingly attentive point for business owners and operators around the world, it’s important that domain registrants take the necessary measures to keep their domain name secure. While we often think of business security being restricted to financial integrity and the physical premises of an establishment, the effect of a domain name falling into the wrong hands can have a profound impact – even if only for a short period of time! The problem isn’t just restricted to big-name brands either, with the rationale behind such incidents often attributable to […]

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Domain Restrictions: Can I Really Use it?

In our last educational article, we brought you all the information surrounding the eligibility requirements for each of the major TLDs in Australia. One of the important points we highlighted was that while a domain might be available, an individual or business isn’t always eligible to use it. In a similar manner, the .au Domain Administration (auDA) also impose restrictions on the composition and process with which one can register a domain name license – meaning, certain characteristics must be fulfilled.   General Rules Second level domain names (2LDs) are categorised as either ‘open’ or ‘closed’. Closed domains are restricted […]

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Domain Eligibility: Can I Really Make it Mine?

In recent weeks we’ve looked into the details surrounding the availability and selection of domain names. However, in some instances, business owners and domainers may find themselves in a position where, despite a domain being available, they are ineligible to use it. On this point, it’s also important to distinguish that purchasing a domain name does not transfer the asset itself. Instead, an individual effectively ‘leases’ the rights to use the name for a certain period. How then, can individuals establish if they are eligible to use a particular name? Well, this has been established by the .au Domain Administration […]

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Important Changes to Netfleet and .AU Policy Review

Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2011 bring you all the prosperity and domain names you could dream of! 2011 has already broken records for Netfleet, with an all time record sale when Electricity.com.au sold in our Domain Snapper Auctions for $30,933 AUD. A solid price for a solid domain, but the return on investment for this happy buyer will no doubt be swift. In the first newsletter of the year, we would like to make you aware of numerous improvements we will be rolling out to the site, to help you buy or sell domain names […]

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Com vs cc-TLD (Com.au) from an Investment Point of View

Many domainers around the traps love to repeat the old mantra ‘Com is King, Com is King’ whilst counting their portfolios of 3 and 4 word .com domains. The point that so many miss is that, from an investment point of view, it doesn’t matter which extension is the most valuable. It’s the growth that matters. Sure .com is the most well known and valuable extension for a domain name. For a typical domain name, a .com domain could be worth 20 – 50 times the equivalent value of a .com.au BUT .com isn’t going anywhere. Controversial statement, but I […]

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