[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] SAA-SEM Opposes the terms of the proposed renewal of the .org registry agreement

mharrison saa mharrison at saa-sem.org
Thu Apr 25 12:47:50 UTC 2019

To whom it may concern:

I am a .org registrant and an International Public Organization that is not
for profit and gets its financing from International Cooperation programs

Any policy that allows anybody to shut down an established organization's
website is a bad decition for  is a 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.

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? 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, 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. This is very unfair to long
time .org domain owners who may see their prices raised sky high for no

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. 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.
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