I would like to clarify, there is no change in the Compensation policy. If a CH registers a name from a contest, they are required to compensate the creative, or they would be violating our Terms of Service.
By waiting 30 days or 60 days, it does not allow the CH to "work around" this policy. If they register the name from the contest, they are bound by our Terms of Service to compensate the creative.
Please note that the follow ups we make with the CH are courtesy followups - if they deny that they registered the name, we do not pursue the issue further unless their is clear evidence or link between the CH and the registration. If you believe a name has been registered by the CH, and would like our team to check the who is information, you can still do that even after 30 days (or 60 days). Simply send a message to our support team with the entry, contest and the "who is" information or any other information that you might find beneficial. If the information matches, we will still follow up with the CH, regardless of how long has it been since the contest closed.
We have made far more investment in features and processes for checking and reporting domain registrations in comparison to other platforms because we strongly believe creatives should receive compensation if their names are used by any CH. However, as shared previously, since domains can be registered by anyone, the likelihood of the registration being completely unrelated goes up significantly, as more time passes.
The only way to guarantee that the names will not be registered by anyone is to register them before submitting to a contest. We strongly recommend taking advantage of that new feature, especially if you believe the name is a strong name, and you would like to continue submitting it in multiple contests.