The IE Domain Registry is proposing to allow the sale of .ie domain names and are seeking comment on their proposals.
The policy, known as the “secondary market”, has arisen from an increased demand for .ie domains, and a need to protect the public from unauthorised .ie domain sellers.
Under the proposed policy, an owner of a .ie domain will be able to sell it on to a private buyer, via their original Registrar, providing the buyer meets the .ie domain ownership criteria—namely, having a provable connection to Ireland.
The precise mechanism of the .ie domain sale process will be announced following completion of the consultation, which closes on 16 August.
“.ie is an ‘Identifiably Irish’ domain associated with authenticity, trust and reliability,” said David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR. “By creating a regulated secondary market, we are providing increased access to a respected and valued domain while protecting consumers from rogue traders.
“Following careful consideration by key .ie namespace stakeholders and IEDR’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), we are now asking the public to take part in our open 30-day consultation and provide feedback on the proposed secondary market policy.”