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Username: malamud
Date/Time: Sun, July 28, 2002 at 4:39 PM GMT
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Subject: Answers to Clint White's questions re: Treatment of existing registrants and the UDRP


        Dear Clint:

Let me start by stating *very* clearly: we will make absolutely no changes to the open registration policy of .org. 

As to your specific questions:

(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: We will *not* require any formal designation.  The .org TLD has an open registration policy.

(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: No.

(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: Yes.

(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 orginally reflected in RFC 1591(2)?

Answer: There will be no changes to the open registration policy of the .org TLD.

Please feel free to send me email at if you have any additional questions.


Carl Malamud
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