Australia objects to 129 new TLDs

November 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

’s government is lodging more warnings than any other government in the world against top level domain name applications, reinforcing its reputation as an over-regulator of the internet.

Out of 243 “early warnings” against domain applications, the Australian government lodged 129 - more than half.

The period of evaluation for applications for top-level domains began after Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (launched the new generic category in June.

Most of the objections are against generic terms, such as .food, .tennis or .books, where giving one company exclusive use of the domain would “exclude potential competitors” and allow that company to dominate the market.

129 objections is ridicolous. The Australian Govt is often regulation heavy when it comes to the Internet. Having said that there are legitimate issues with some applications such as do you let Amazon get .books which is a generic term?

Having said that, I note Amazon got famous as amazon.com and I don’t even know if there is a site called books.com – so a name is not as important as what you do with it.

However, the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) also objected to domains ending in fail, gripe, sucks and wtf (short for what the f–k?) because they are “overtly negative or critical connotation’. The government is concerned these domains could be used to damage individuals or organisations, for example www.labor.sucks or www.liberal.sucks, and force organisations into buying the website to avoid embarrassment.

Now that is just silly. People could get liberalsucks.com at the moment anyway.

Australia has a history of strict internet naming regulations, according Ms Carlsson. It is one of the only countries will only allow someone to purchase a .com.au domain if the name relates to their trading name, for example. In recent years Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has been criticised for his proposal to introduce an internet filter.

By contrast co.nz has no restrictions on who can register there.

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5 Responses to “Australia objects to 129 new TLDs”

  1. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    You only hurt your own credibility when you make an attack site with an “overtly negative or critical name” like Laborsucks.com. So what’s the problem with letting people register these sorts of names? Let the nutters identify themselves for us.

    Case in point:

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

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  2. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    The Australian Govt is often regulation heavy when it comes to the Internet.

    The Australian Govt is often regulation heavy on most things.

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  3. chris (460 comments) says:

    It is one of the only countries will only allow someone to purchase a .com.au domain if the name relates to their trading name, for example.

    The poor Australian Companies Office must be kept very busy with having to register companies and trading names that exist solely for the purpose of registering a domain name and never have any intention of trading. I’ve created an Australian version of one of my websites (it’s a different website/content to the NZ one but the same concept) and needed a .com.au for it. So I had to get registered as a sole trader with the trading name being what I wanted the domain to be. Once you have the ABN (or whatever) it’s fine and dandy.

    I think it’s only .com.au that has this restriction, and anyone can get the others e.g. .net.au, .org.au and so on.

    Some other countries have other restrictions. For example, you have to be a Canadian resident/citizen to get a .ca domain. There are ways to get around this and register anyway, but you risk the loss of the domain at some later stage if you get found out. So when I set up a Canadian version of this particular website next year it has to be a .com or .net because I don’t want to take any risks of losing the domain and/or having issues with a Canadian friend effectively owning the domain.

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  4. somewhatthoughtful (437 comments) says:

    I think they’re perfectly legitimate in doing this. The new TLD’s are ridiculous and it’s good to see people standing up to them.

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  5. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Oz is becoming the virtual US of the Pacific. What can we expect but more police state from them.

    Did you know home gardening is illegal in the States now.

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