Two domain titles based on the names of Beaconsfield miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell have been deleted by authorities who claim their registration may have been an effort to cash in on the fame of the recently rescued Tasmanians.
The Australian domain name administrator, auDA, said
Brantwebb.com.au and toddrussell.com.au were registered on
Tuesday night, the same day the two men were rescued after being
trapped underground for 14 days.
AuDA became aware of the registrations at 9am yesterday
morning, according to auDA chief executive officer Chris
"Our immediate reaction was that it was more likely to be an
attempt by the registrant to 'cash in' on the news story," he
AuDA had asked the sites' registrant to explain his/her
reasons for registering the names, but no satisfactory
explanation had been received within 24 hours. AuDA had then deleted
the names, said Disspain.
Domains in the com.au and net.au space must reflect the
registered name of the business or trademark concerned or be
"closely and substantially connected" with activities of the