In an interesting turn of events in the sale of the jobs.com.au domain.
The original post on the Now Hiring blog has been taken down, however the post is still available in Google’s cache. In an email from Brett Iredale this morning he indicated that the post was removed at the request of a couple of the bidders as the process is still underway. Brett indicated that he will most likely repost in a few days.
A comment made by Richard Ellender questioned if the domain name could even be sold. I spent a quick bit of time researching this today and it looks like sale of a .au domain name is prohibited under the auDA rules, from section 2 from policy 2005-05:-
2.3 It is possible for a registrant to transfer their domain name licence to another party, but only in the circumstances set out in auDA’s Transfers Policy (Policy No 2004-03). A registrant who attempts to “sell” their domain name licence should be aware that such a transaction will not fall within the circumstances set out in the Transfers Policy, and therefore the domain name will not be transferred to the other party.
However the domain can be transferred as per policy 2004-03 section 3.1
(iii) where the registrant is a legal entity, the registrant is liquidated or enters into administration and the liquidator or administrator authorises the transfer of the domain name licence to the proposed new registrant; or
c) the transfer does not constitute a breach of the prohibition on sale of a domain name by a registrant (auDA Published Policy 2002-24).
I am sure lawyers have ways of getting around this, it’s not really a sale of the domain name, more its the “sale of the IP around the name oh and let’s also transfer it at the same time”.