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auDA loses auhq domain meant for rebranding

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The au Domain Administration, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, has lost its auhq.com.au domain name which was not renewed when it expired and was snapped up by a private buyer.

The website Domainer claims the domain was meant to be used for running the .au domain registry, so that auDA would not need an outside agency to carry out this function.

A communique from the auDA board after a special general meeting in August 2017 says: "A Board resolution to change auDA’s brand to auHQ will be put to members for their input."

An auDA spokesperson said the domain was registered in 2017 for "a proposed brand initiative which has been discontinued". The initiative was not specified.

The domain was bought by one Robert Kaay, who runs the Domainer website.

The auDA spokesperson said: "In addition to the domain name, auDA also registered the business name and the corresponding trademarks.

"The name never had any association, relevance or connection whatsoever to the .au domain registry. The domain name expired and was placed on the 'drop list' as per normal practice."

The spokesperson added: "Names acquired from the drop list are subject to the same eligibility requirements as other .au domain names. It is up to registrants to ensure they meet those eligibility requirements and the circumstance is no different for the new registrant of auhq.com.au."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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