[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comments objecting to the .org renewal
tom at bikedurham.org
Thu Apr 25 14:32:25 UTC 2019
Bike Durham respectfully make the following comments.
Bike Durham is a .org registrant and non-profit organization advocating for safe streets and an equitable built environment.
We’ve read about a lot of bad decisions under the UDRP. The URS seems even worse. We 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 ridiculously 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 reason.
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.
We 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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