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Username: UIA / Diversitas
Date/Time: Mon, August 5, 2002 at 8:24 PM GMT (Mon, August 5, 2002 at 9:24 PM CET)
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Subject: UIA / Diversitas response to Clint White's questions


        We're still unable to reply to postings!  Clint's original posting is linked below

Q(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?

A(1) Diversitas has no intention (nor would it have authority) to revoke any names.  What we aim to do is shift the "look and feel" of .org so that non profit interests around the world see it increasingly as the domain space of strategic importance for the non-commercial world.  As that identity is strengthened, and with the availability of a greater choice of domain alternatives, it is expected that some current .org registrants may choose to shift domains or let their .org domain lapse.

Q(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?

A(2) .org is an open registration domain and would remain so.  We would not apply conditions for new or renewed registrations.  For organizations that would value a convenient online certification of their registered status, we will probably introduce a validation service.

Q(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?

A(3) Ditto.  The general public should have full access to the .org domain for public purpose.

Q(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)?

A(4) Our intention is to craft the image of .org as "the natural home of non-profit activity" - in contrast to some of the other domains that focus on business, education, government and other activities.  Our reason for this is to build a greater sense of community.  The concentration of non-commercial registrants should also enable the development of enhanced services specifically tailored to non-profit activity. 


Link: Questions for all .ORG Registry Applicants: Treatment of existing registrants and the UDRP

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