[DNS] Domain name registrations under the "close and substantial connection" rule

[DNS] Domain name registrations under the "close and substantial connection" rule

From: Josh Rowe <josh§email.nu>
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 16:26:29 +1000
Domain name registrations under the "close and substantial connection" rule
http://www.auda.org.au/news.php?newsid=49

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14/10/2005

The "close and substantial connection" rule was introduced in 2002. It was
intended to provide a limited degree of flexibility for registrants to
register domain names that are not derived from their own company or
business name, but are nevertheless connected to them in some way. Refer to
section 10 of the Guidelines for Accredited Registrars on the Interpretation
of Policy Rules for the Open 2LDs (2005-02)
http://www.auda.org.au/policies/auda-2005-02/ .

auDA has ruled in the past that it is acceptable under the close and
substantial connection rule to register domain names for the purpose of
providing Internet directory services or information portals. For example,
if a registrant provides a real estate directory service then it would be
acceptable for them to register domain names that are connected with that
service (eg. houses.com.au, apartments.com.au, land.com.au,
estateagent.com.au and so on).

It has recently come to auDA's attention that some registrants have been
using this interpretation of the close and substantial connection rule to
register large numbers of domain names apparently for the primary purpose of
capturing web traffic and/or selling click-through advertising.

auDA is currently considering whether this practice is acceptable under the
close and substantial connection rule.

Until auDA has issued a policy clarification, registrants who engage in this
practice should be aware that auDA reserves the right to delete the domain
names for breach of policy.

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Josh
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