auDA Giveth, auDA Taketh Away

ZDNet: auDA took away a domain from Sydney-based web-business after dispute, with only 24 hours notice, and it wasn't even that poor guy's fault! His business lost the domain name because 12 months ago NetRegistry mistakenly registered the dropped domain for them, although the original owner has renewed it. That just sounds dodgy.

How can a regulator body provide any assurance to anyone who registered a domain? They can turn up any time, strip off the domain from you, and tell you that the domain you have registered 12 months ago actually belongs to someone else. As domain names are critical intellectual property these days, no assurance from even your regulator body can be a bit worrying.

And how can a domain owner not noticing the lost of ownership until 12 months later?! Pingdom bombards me with emails if my websites were offline for more than 5 minutes! Unless of course you just bought the domain, park it somewhere else, together with your huge portfolio so one missing domain doesn't really ring the alarm until the "stocktake". According to WHOIS record of the current registrant, the ACN record cannot even be found at Business.gov.au. How MelbourneIT approves the registration is beyond me...

On a related news, auDA has increased the fee for Dispute Resolution Policy due to amount of work required to resolve a dispute. Hmmm...