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Username: trauring
Date/Time: Wed, March 14, 2001 at 3:46 PM GMT (Wed, March 14, 2001 at 10:46 AM EST)
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Subject: .ORG mandate should not be changed


        I find it very troubling that ICANN is attempting to enforce a
mandate on the .ORG domain space that never existed.
Considering how ICANN has taken so long to introduce new
TLDs, perhaps it makes sense to them, but it would seem to me
that ICANN should introduce a new TLD for non-profits if they
want such a TLD. I believe .NPO has been mentioned for such a

I know of companies that have spent in excess of $100,000 to
buy a .ORG domain in order to protect their trademarked name
and their even larger investment in their .COM domain. That may
be an extreme, but even those people like myself who spent $70
per domain at the beginning (and more to renew) did so with the
clear intention of holding on to the domain. There was certainly
never any indication on any of the registrars I have used that
indicated any restrictions on the .ORG TLD.

Even RFC 1591 states:

"ORG - This domain is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for
organizations that didn't fit anywhere else.  Some non-
government organizations may fit here."

This definition for the .ORG TLD is clearly not an exclusive
definition. It does not even mention non-profit status.

In addition to these points, I think .ORG has clearly become
popular amount the open-source and Linux crowds and in in my
mind these days has as much representation of the .ORG space
as anything other type of site in the .ORG space.

I find this whole issue very troubling, and I hope ICANN
reconsiders their approach to this matter.

Philip Trauring


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