The DRS was setup in June 2006 to provide a mechanism for handling disputes over domains regisitered under the .nz first-come-first-served policy. The service first attempts to come to a solution by using mediation between the parties and if that fails an expert will make a decision based on evidence submitted by both parties. NZ courts are not used in this process so the cost is kept relatively low for the complainant, though there is nothing to stop either party from taking their case to the courts if they have the financial means to do so.
The DRS attempts to protect organisations from cybersquatters and unfair business practices while simultaneously protecting legitimate domaining activities and small business owners from reverse domain name hijacking.
When the DRS was implemented it was agreed there would be a review of the policy and its effectiveness sometime after its first year of operation. The DNC now invite comments from domain industry professionals and the general public up until Wednesday 13 February 2008. For more information, read the DNC's public notice at www.dnc.org.nz/drs-consult
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