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know of companies that have spent in excess of $100,000 to buy a .ORG domain
in order to protect their trademarked name and their even larger investment in
their .COM domain. That may be an extreme, but even those people like myself
who spent $70 per domain at the beginning (and more to renew) did so with the
clear intention of holding on to the domain. There was certainly never any
indication on any of the registrars I have used that indicated any restrictions
on the .ORG TLD.
Even RFC 1591 states:
"ORG - This domain is intended as the
miscellaneous TLD for organizations that didn't fit anywhere else. Some
non-government organizations may fit here."
This definition for the .ORG TLD
is clearly not an exclusive definition. It does not even mention non-profit status.
addition to these points, I think .ORG has clearly become popular amount the
open-source and Linux crowds and in in my mind these days has as much representation
of the .ORG space as anything other type of site in the .ORG space.
this whole issue very troubling, and I hope ICANN reconsiders their approach
to this matter.