From:           Neil Matai
Received:    Thursday, 4 July 2013

.nz direct registrations

For

More revenue for InternetNZ, at least in the short term

InternetNZ is a non-profit organisation. Profits are used amongst other things for:

Makes .nz more popular

Organisations are already tempted to register and use .com names instead of .nz names. New gTLDs such as .tourism will be even more popular. Direct registration under .nz would provide a popular alternative thus helping to "keep it kiwi". .nz offers protections and rights that other TLDs do not. It is also the easiest TLD to transfer, ensuring healthy competition in the registrar space.

Against

Confusion

.kindergarten.nz could be registered and sub-domains sold. The general public would not recognise .school.nz as any more authentic than .kindergarten.nz yet "owners" of example.kindergarten.nz would have none of the rights nor protection afforded to real registrants.

Sub-domains additionally have problems with sibling domains cookies isolation that real domain names do not. Most organisations ( including Red Hat for example) are unaware of this problem.

Confusion part II

.co.nz actually conveys information that the registrant is a commercial organisation†. This information would be lost.

† except in the case of individuals who register names such as johnsmith.co.nz who really should consider johnsmith.kiwi.nz

Length

The argument goes that my-company.nz is cooler than my-company.co.nz because it's shorter. Three characters shorter. The average length of a name in our database is 17 characters including the 2LD. This would be reduced to 14 characters, so any argument involving typos or having less to type is poorly grounded.

Cost to organisations

Organisations wishing to protect their reputation will feel forced to register a new name, sometimes resulting in ill feeling towards InternetNZ.

Cost to InternetNZ

Since there may be competition for a .nz, such as when a-charity.org.nz and a-charity.co.nz are owned by different organisations, both of whom would like the .nz name, InternetNZ must arbitrate. This is mitigated by the fact that 86% of names are .co.nz meaning that InternetNZ will have to arbitrate at most 73,430 cases ( December 2012 figures).

Name-napping for ransom

Most organisations within New Zealand are busy conducting their core activities and would be unaware that registrations directly under .nz were possible. Enterprising individuals would pre-emptively register names and sell them to the organisations. The markup for such names is sometimes high. While the .nz space is operated on a "first come, first served" basis and rightly so, it is clearly not in the interests of New Zealand Internet users to have their brand name held to ransom.

Typosquatting

Registraion of a-bankco.nz, which looks very similar to a-bank.co.nz would facilitate crime. Many thanks to NZRS who recently changed their systems so that it is no longer possible to register names such as a-bank\uFF0Eco.nz.

Renumbering

Were acompany.nz to replace acompany.co.nz with the view that acompany.co.nz were eventually dissolved then all URIs incorporating acompany.co.nz would be rendered inoperable. Many of these URIs will either be in hard copy or in places that people will not remember to update. Any argument that 2LDs should eventually be retired in favour of direct registration is therefore flawed.