Commissioner wades in over DomainNamesNZ

New Zealand's Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan has released a statement warning users about the 'misleading' nature of Australian registrar DomainNamesNZ's fax campaign.

New Zealand's Domain Name Commissioner (DNC) Debbie Monahan has released a statement warning users about the "misleading" nature of Australian registrar DomainNamesNZ's fax campaign.

As IDGNet has reported, DomainNamesNZ has sent faxes to owners of .co.nz domain names "warning" them they should also register the .net.nz equivalent (see Domainz advises against latest domain name company).

Monahan describes the mailing campaign as "misleading" because it offers a two-year domain name registration period, something that under Domainz's current terms and conditions cannot be offered.

"I spoke extensively to the marketing manager last Friday and he acknowledged that they had made a mistake in offering a two-year registration period when at the moment, while Domainz is the stabilising registrar, only a one year term is possible."

Domainz is currently the only registrar able to access the domain name register directly, however once the shared registry system (SRS) is fully implemented Domainz will become one of any number of registrars.

Monahan says she also informed DomainNamesNZ that its mass mailing campaign was a breach of the terms and conditions of the registrars' agreement with the DNC that allows them to sell .nz names.

"[Section] 3.0 clearly indicates that a named, targeted campaign like this is not permitted in the .nz environment. I explained this to the marketing manager."

Monahan says DomainNamesNZ has agreed not to register any two-year contracts before December 7 this year, when the stabilising registrar contract at Domainz ends.

When IDGNet spoke to general manager Paul Fox earlier this week, he denied any complaint had been laid with the company over its mailing campaign (see DomainNamesNZ doesn't understand fuss). Yesterday Fox was unavailable for comment.

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