Bottle Domains offer breached Code of Practice

Posted by Jo Lim on 18 September 2003

Melbourne, 18 September 2003 - auDA has found that a "free gift" offer by accredited registrar Bottle Domains was in breach of the .au Domain Name Suppliers' Code of Practice.

On 15 and 16 September 2003, Bottle Domains registered over 2,000 domain names and offered them as "free gifts" to their customers. This action was timed to coincide with the launch of AusRegistry's special promotion.

auDA has found that Bottle Domains breached the Code of Practice, because the domain names were not registered at the request of a customer.

"The effect of Bottle Domains' actions was to remove a large number of domain names from the pool, thereby denying access to these names by other prospective registrants," said Chris Disspain, auDA CEO.

At auDA's request, Bottle Domains has deleted all the domain names that were not taken up by a customer, and has sent a corrective email to all recipients of the offer. Bottle Domains is also required to place a corrective notice on its web site for a period of 30 days.


For media contact:

Chris Disspain
CEO - auDA
tel: 03 9349 4711