Thank you for your query. Here are your questions and ISOC's
QUESTION 1: Do you intend to protect existing registrants from revocation
of their domain names based solely upon the premise that the registrant is
not registered as a 501(c)(3) organization or is without some other not-for-profit
ANSWER 1: ISOC will respect all existing registrations
without regard to the not-for-profit status of the registrant.
QUESTION 2: Do you
intend to amend or add to the UDRP to reflect a new policy that a name can be transferred
to another registrant based solely upon the fact that the existing registrant cannot
prove to the arbitration panel that the domain name in question is being used for
Non-commercial activities by a not-for-profit organization?
ANSWER 2: No.
3: Will ISOC continue to support a .ORG registry that is open for registration by
the general public, as recommended in item 2b of the Final Report (version
5.4) on .ORG divestiture (1), drafted by the DNSO Dot Org Names Council Task
ANSWER 3: ISOC intends to market and position .ORG as the global home of
non-commercial organizations on the Internet. However, unless otherwise directed
by ICANN, ISOC will support all existing registrations and continue to accept new
registrations for .ORG without restriction.
QUESTION 4: Even though all of the
proposals indicate each applicant's determination to differentiate the marketing
techniques for the .ORG gTLD, if selected, would you (as the new registry operator)
continue to embrace the openness of .ORG as a "generic" gTLD (without registrant
restrictions) as originally reflected in RFC 1591(2)?
ANSWER 4: As clarification,
RFC 1591, written in March of 1994, says the following about .ORG: "This domain
is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for organizations that didn't fit anywhere else.
Some non-government organizations may fit here." (www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc15691.txt)
has evolved since 1994 and has acquired meaning beyond "miscellaneous." Specifically,
research conducted on behalf of ISOC in support of the ISOC bid shows that .ORG is
now the leading source of information about non-commercial entities on the Internet
-- even beating .COM in that respect. .ORG now has a well-established heritage,
a position of strength from which to move into a future that will almost certainly
be cluttered with TLDs. The steward of .ORG must harness this strength, and
it is ISOC's plan to do so.
ISOC plans to invest .ORG marketing effort to attract
non-commercial activity to the domain. This includes positioning it for non-commercial
activity and reaching out to non-commercial organizations with training and other
activities. Further, we recognize that many commercial organizations have non-commercial
activities (e.g. charitable giving) which are rightfully housed in .ORG. We
will welcome all of this activity.
ISOC does not plan activities designed to identify
and eliminate other kinds of activity within the domain. We believe it is within
neither the mission nor the resources of the registry to engage in this type of policing.
summary, we plan to build on .ORGs strength by focusing on the non-commercial aspects
of .ORG rather than attempting to police commercial use.
Thanks for the opportunity
to elaborate on these elements of our plan.
The Internet Society