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Username: psbyowner
Date/Time: Wed, August 8, 2001 at 7:37 PM GMT
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Subject: A strict definition for .org as non-profit is now unconstitutional

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      This email is a direct response to the ICANN proposal of changing the format of .org to
strictly "Non-Profit" organizations and .net exclusively to internet webhosts and networks.
My intention is to give several reasons why this proposal is unrealistic, show how this
proposal does more harm than good, and demonstrate how widespread the opposition to
this proposal is.

1. How can a singular definition of "Non-Profit" be applied to .org websites? The formal
definition of "Non Profit" is too narrow to justify the huge disruption this will cause with
.org owners and webmasters.

2. How will ICANN police the web content to insure it is indeed non profit? If there is no
way to enforce a law, then it is not logical to initiate it. It seems like ICANN is getting
carried away with its "authority". We do not live under a communist government, which
can suppress free speech laws to fit its own "agendas".

3. After years of common law acceptance as a general use domain, what right does
ICANN have to disrupt the hundreds of thousands of .org and .net owners and initiate
these new formats when it was negligent in regulating the registrar companies who sold
the domain names without this "Non-Profit" condition? Once the domain name was sold,
the circumstances surrounding that sale did not specify that the corporation be a Non
profit. Of course, the registrars should be included in the long list below because they
definitely lose money by this proposal (less sales and renewals of .org and .net domain
names).

4. Will the current .org and .net owners be compensated, or will the US government and
ICANN sieze these names from the owners? The ends do not justify the means, because so
many people will be negatively affected for the benefit of, well, nobody. This seems like
unreasonable and unlawful search and seizure to me. Not to mention violation of free
speech laws and communist style government regulated censorship. I and many others feel
a deep seeded anger and resentment at ICANN for even considering these proposals.

5. Website content cannot be controlled by any government body, because of free speech
rights. It is eventually up to the webmaster what content is published onto a website. A
domian name extension will not change this fact. For example, What will stop a
webmaster from publlishing content other than "Non Profit" content? If ICANN does not
plan to police the web to insure web content is in compliance with its proposals, then
ICANN should not consider changing the formats for .net and .org.

Listed below is an extensive list of companies, organizations, and websites that have
voiced their opposition to ANY change in the current web format for .org and .net. If you
would like to add your name or company to this list, please visit handsoffmy.org and join
us.

If this message gets deleted, we know who deleted it and why, because I will be leaving it
up.

In conclusion, these "Non Profit" and Networks only (.net) proposals will do nothing but
harm to webmasters, web hosts, registars, and domain name investors, and will benefit
nobody. 

Supporters

loony.org
followingeden
Internet Brothers
ctrl-alt-ego
SweetAspirations.com
TaffyDoodleDesigns
tijs.org
badjuju.org
Succulence
Eric Brooks.ComŽ
slackerbaby
starlet
gardengrove.org
BirchLane
The Time Sink
bluezfire.org
Elitists.org
kabbit's slash fiction
Shreveport.org
ColdMarble
The Tangerine Lounge
Living Colours
book of days
SuburbanJoe.org
project37.org
sexnazi.org
Elfgirl
Bummin' Around
[ vanderven . org ]
ToBeMe.org
laquinta.org
RearViewMirror
kellybrown.org
Kellea Design
Sometimes I....
Vitalogy.org
Bar Food
Up Above It
Bar None Drink Recipes
dirtywhiteboy[dot]org
Cu Mor Glas
i blog u
Duncan's Jotter
BlueSilver[Dot]Org
Kishore Balakrishnan's Psychic RAM
Lemur Zone News
The Fix
ianblog
Here's Bloggin' At You Kid!
GrillBurn
Me, Myself & My Thoughts
Evaporated
MidnightBlue.Org
geeKsuperstar.org
Zippylog
the Iphigeneia project
tesserae
the-anathema.org
holygranola.com
bargle
Orangetang.org
no surrender
Wonderful Miracles
Net Sisters Org.
The JohnDoe Journal Neighborhood
Lost Dreams
justme.org
Blah Blah Blog
flowerhead
imbri.org
woops.org
Land & Space Twin Cities
BunnyBrains
JessaJune
The Wondering Jew
Pacaria.org
wicked persephone
krush.org
uberkat.org
Dan's Domain Site
hywelldotorg
plurfles.org
worldwidejeb.org
tout est blue - blueigloo.org
echoic; ping
ECHOING.ORG
Especially Vivisection
coolstop/2001
datajack.org
junkology.org
CoffeeHouseblues
allan.org
Cheeky
[the bwg update]
RSNW.ORG
AB Designs
lifeofbrian.org
theatregeek.org
Scorchio
against.org
Online Journal Turtle Neighbourhood
The Hermitage
Sole Parents Union - NSW, Australia
Artistamps
The Gender Centre Inc.
LightHeaded
DotOrgNames.org
collide
The Girl Scientist
Agricultura.org
Blackmage
Computer Hope
whisperings.org
frustrated.org
Computer Chair Traveler
webdemon.org
Nv2g.org
Not a pretty girl
datura.org
Department of Veteran's Affairs
libbey.org
Baba Nand Singh Sahib
moonstruck
CGHMN.org
outofhabit.org
JH3
Genealogy Research Site
Usability.org
JustLisa
SportLiterate.org
Pacific SpecWare Internet Solutions
lbbl.org
The Hermans' Home Page
AyerViernes S.A.
Aslan
BAMENDA.ORG
surreallogic communications
NickBouton.com
bouton.org
robotix.org
BelgoGender
Indierecords.com
chilli.org
Greasy Skillet
Global Effort to Eradicate Know-nothings (GEEK Force)
finnell.org
David Brand
Plein Family Domain
KAPSELI
Zantinge.org
Marcus Reif Online
The Little Czech Primer
Shuvits Asylum
Flyhunter Art Tribe
girltype.org
apathy.nu
eproduct.org
chromewaves
labelzero[]org
restraint
unsupported.org
hootch.org
willpate.org
Dave's Gay Military Site
DomainMall.Ca
vantan.org
dutchbint.org
Suspension of Disbelief
10backwards.org
Bermi Village
Sustainable Trails.org
torrez.org
inconsistent dot org
Trainorphans.org
Process.org
ohGr.org
weltschmerz.org
Madweb
LinuxBookmarks.org
Locombia.org
datapimp
sweet -:- illusions
hit-or-miss.org
Xaluvier's 3D
P2P Smoke
Perrylane.org
Hypocrisy Entertainment Network
Gothicweb.org
oneinq.com
TBonz Virtual Tavern
wscogop.org
babybot.org
Flaherty
Jim & Steph Rothgeb's Homepage
MetaSystema!
OpenSourceJobs.org
Verizon Really Sucks
Norderbrarup
biscuitware.co.uk
The Other Side of Glen Road
randompsycho.org
lardmonster
Norderbrarup
canny.org
thesynapse.org
[AMERICANTV]
Buran's Home Planet
Found
hentai.org
kyllikki.org
Family Hoering
taggar.org
First Internet Church
Paul
Circle of Style
Brighton Rock
FilePile.org
Gurston Down Hillclimb, Salisbury England
pussy galore
WhiteSpruce Druid Association
d i s s o l v e r . o r g
Duraes.org
BMEdia
wyvern.org
Jeremy Sedgley
cain's corner of cyberspace
Miz Dos.com
preseed.org
Flat 27 MiniSite
ankh.org
crinux
brilliant corners
subsist.org
ickle.org
oakden.org
ringworld.org
Brighton Rock
pichus revenge
dunderbug
Yardsale's Blog
Green Fairy
Evilfreak
whoo dot org
blackfrost.org
shiver.org
maudlin.org
RCTLand.co.uk
gothicgranola
shortstuff.org the home of short people
vicious.nu
Rydia.org
Sibling Abuse Survivors'
randompsycho.org
Spittank.net
LATZ
Twilight Illusions
poohead.org
hostmaster.org
CS-Freaks
BC Group
Mariazell Online
Starcraft.org
Warcraft.org
BRUISED.NET
mangled . org
hibernation.org
GOOD_VS_ICANN
California Real Estate
Alternative Reality Network
Apps4Linux
Railways in the Net
latzikatz.ORG
opacity.org
Evilfreak
Not quite
org-domain-name-owners-lobby-against-ICANNs-sellout-to-VeriSign.ORG
FREDOsite.com
rockout.org
a.l.a.a.c
Stop, Thief!
piiska.org
End Culture
RCTLand.co.uk
circlesix.org
tribal studios
Cabbage.org
o12.org
rivervision

 


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