Discount Domain Name Services breaches new transfer policy

Posted by Jo Lim on 18 June 2003

Melbourne, 18 June 2003 - auDA has found that actions by Discount Domain Name Services (DDNS) breached the new Transfers Policy (2003-03).

The new policy came into force on Monday 16th June 2003. Under the policy a transfer of a domain name from one registrar of record to another became free. However, registrars are required to obtain authorisation from the registrant.

On Monday 16th June 2003 DDNS initiated over 1600 transfers from other registrars to itself which auDA has found had not been authorised by the relevant registrants.

auDA has taken the following actions:-

1. Instructed AusRegistry to transfer each domain name transferred by DDNS back to its original registrar of record.

2. Directed the original registrars of record to send an explanatory communication to each affected registrant.

3. Directed DDNS to post a corrective notice on its web site, for a period of 30 days.

4. Prohibited DDNS (for a period of 60 days) from transferring any domain name from another registrar to itself unless it provides auDA with a copy of the relevant authorisation, and auDA provides its consent.

5. Required DDNS to review its systems and procedures to ensure that DDNS adheres to all of its obligations under the published policies and the Registrar Agreement.


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Chris Disspain
CEO - auDA
tel: 03 9349 4711