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Username: DotOrg Foundation
Date/Time: Sat, July 27, 2002 at 9:13 AM GMT
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Subject: In Response to Clint White: Treatment of existing registrants and the UDRP


                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 organization designation?

ANSWER 1: The DotOrg Foundation will transfer and continue all existing registrations, without regard to the 501(c)(3) or not-for-profit status of the registrant.  The .org domain will continue to accept all new registrations and renewals under current ICANN registration rules, without regard to a registrant's status.

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, the DotOrg Foundation will apply the UDRP as it currently stands and would apply any future UDRP changes adopted pursuant to the ICANN process.

QUESTION 3: Will you 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 Force?

ANSWER 3: The DotOrg Foundation intends to continue open registration policies for the .org TLD.  At the same time, we plan to increase noncommercial participation in the .org domain by offering products and services that differentiate the TLD and focusing our marketing efforts on the global noncommercial sector.

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 we stated in answer to Question 3, we plan to retain an open .org domain, pursuant to the recommendations of the Names Council Task Force.  RFC 1591 states that the .org "domain is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for organizations that didn't fit anywhere else."  The RFC allows for registration by registrants beyond the nonprofit or noncommercial designation.  Considering that the .org TLD has grown significantly since issuance of RFC 1591 in 1994 and its current 2.7 million domain names are in large part held by registrants that are not "noncommercial," the DotOrg Foundation believes that it would be unfair to change the .org registration rules at this point.  Therefore, it is the DotOrg Foundation's intent to manage a registry for all .org registrants, while launching product and marketing efforts aimed at increasing noncommercial .org registrations.



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