[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement

Lukas Kawerau lukas at kawerau.org
Fri Apr 26 08:39:54 UTC 2019

I am a domain name registrant.

ICANN does not seem to recognize the difference between a legacy extension
created with the support of the US government, that predates the existence
of ICANN and that has millions of existing users and the brand new
extensions that started off with a new set of rules, in particular no price
controls, and no existing registrants. They have completely different
characteristics, history, and ownership structure. It is not acceptable for
ICANN to ignore these differences and to propose that they be treated the

Removing price caps is not fair to .org domain owners. I have used my .org
domain for years, and all my mail and correspondence goes through it. If
price caps are removed, the cost to renew my domain name may become too
expensive, and I could be forced to give up a website that is integral to
my life.

The Uniform Rapid Suspension policy is too new and untested to apply on
domain names that may be 20 years old or more. With the URS, the domain
names could be taken down in a matter of days with little notice.

ICANN should be doing more to protect owners of .org domain names. Why is
ICANN trying to remove price protections for .org domain owners, so many of
which are non-profits, so that they can be overcharged for their domain
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