[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comment on proposed changes to the .org registry agreement

Moonchild moonchild at palemoon.org
Thu Apr 25 12:21:03 UTC 2019


I am a .org registrant and a not-for-profit or non-profit organization.

Telling the .org registry that it can charge any price it wants for
renewing a domain name is a terrible idea. Why would you allow them to
set a crazy high price? What is the reasoning behind giving a
monopoly-holding registry free reign to chare whatever they want (which
they -will-, given the greedy nature of human beings).
They could try to force the domain owners to pay a very high price each
year to renew their domain name, and if the domain owner either won't or
can't, which is more likely for non-profits than anyone else, then the
.org registry could take away their domain name, set a high registration
price on it, and then try to find someone else who is willing to pay a
high price for it (likely ONLY to spread malware or cash in on
advertising from broken links, or even to commit fraud). This is very
unfair to long time .org domain owners who may see their prices raised
sky high for no reason.

As a critical note: you let the new domain extensions charge any price
they want, but that hasn't gone so well. Lots of people got burned when
the new registries offered low rates for the first year, and then after
people registered the domain names and some built web sites on them,
some of the prices were raised through the roof. .Org has been working
just fine for decades where the prices maybe go up a little bit each
year but remain affordable for non-profits. Allowing huge price
increases from one year to the next could ruin .org for everybody.

I think you should pay a little more attention to what is good for the
owners of .org domain names. The registries are doing fine. They don't
need your help as they are already making plenty of money.

I've read about a lot of bad decisions under the UDRP. The URS seems
even worse. I heard the URS is very new and is being reviewed now to see
if it is working properly. It is too soon to include an untested policy
on .org domains where for a few hundred dollars anyone could try to shut
down someone else's website.

Pale Moon project owner

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