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Australian domain name registrations

By Sean McManis

Abstract

The recently revised rules for allocation of .com.au domain names and the introduction of an .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) are described. Specifically, the revised rules enable registration of .com.au domain names on the basis of an Australian trade mark application or registration, or on the basis of a 'close and substantial' connection with the desired domain name. Additionally, the registration of multiple domain names by a single entity is permitted, and there are wider registration possibilities for generic .com.au domain names. Necessary elements for action under the auDRP are outlined, and include being identical or closely similar to the complainant's name or trade mark, the registrant having no legitimate rights or interests in the name, and the domain name complained of having been registered or used in bad faith.Domain name registration Australia Dispute Resolution Policy Bad faith registrations Trademarks Licences Generic domain names

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