I have the greatest respect for Dr. Cerf. I have always looked up to him and believe
that he is of high character, especially after watching him during the ICANN application
However, the ICANN documents state, and I quote:
"The net result
of this would be a .org registry returned, after some appropriate transition period,
to its originally intended function as a registry operated by and for non-profit
A non-profit organization, as interpreted by a lawyer in the United
States (and I can only assume that these documents were written by lawyers) is an
organization that has legally obtained 501c status.
I don't think they are refering
to families and soccer clubs here. They are using the term "non-profit organization"
for a reason and they are referring to 501c status organizations.
and I quote from the .ORG proposition:
"at which time VeriSign would permanently
relinquish its right to operate the .org registry, and an appropriate sponsoring
organization representing non-commercial organizations would be sought (through some
procedure yet to be determined) to assume the operation of the registry"
is any confusion here it is within ICANN.
Even if Dr. Cerf is correct in stating
that a family owned .ORG domain name would not be confiscated. Who will police this?
I can make $$ using the .ORG just as easily as on a .COM site. Are they going to
have domain name police going around snarfing .ORG domains from people who have a
link to an Amazon.com book on their family web site?
The whole idea is ludicrous.