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Username: AllDotOrgDomainOwners
Date/Time: Thu, March 8, 2001 at 6:51 AM GMT
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Subject: Destroying the Internet with this attack on .org owners


                Verisign is attempting to reduce .com competition by sanctimoniously forcing .org to represent only non-profits. Yet Verisign (Network Solutions) and many other registrars routinely, with full awareness, sign up users with .org addresses who represent any number of business, artistic, and personal sites. Businesses receive ads regularly from registrars such as Network Solutions saying "grab your .net and .org domains to protect them from improper use." Verisign (Network Solutions) therefore acted and acts in bad faith if it now desires to disempower those customers it so willingly took money from. People who purchased .org addresses have invested considerable time, energy and money into their sites, which have built up value over the years. If Verisign (Network Solutions) and ICANN now conspire to change the evolved rules to "purify" the .org domain to meet their self-serving standards, they will have violated not only the public trust but also the livelihood of countless businesses and individuals who invested in .org addresses. Such a profound violation will have unimaginable consequences, further destroying the credibility of the already-shaky internet as an honest and upfront medium for expression, commerce, and interaction. You don't really think the people damaged by this one-sided self-serving agreement will let you or the buying public ever forget this betrayal. Use common sense. You will be directly attacking the very users of the medium you wish to make money on. Those billions of email messages sent everyday across the internet are turned against those who betray the public confidence. You don't want to become the pariah of the web.


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