[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Unlimited price raising on .org domain names considered harmful

Greg White proc.kcore at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 14:58:17 UTC 2019

Allowing unrestricted price raises on a unique and scarce resource that's
incredibly cheap to operate is either incredibly shortsighted or a
disgusting money-grab on non-profit organizations. It's not like an
organization that's been around for a long time (in internet terms), like
wwf.org, can just pick up and move to wwf.com at no cost. That's their
brand, and it's associated with them. Allowing the registry to raise prices
in an unrestrained fashion will strip cash from the larger organizations,
and knock the poorer ones completely offline, and allow opportunistic
squatting on their old high-traffic domain name.

Indeed, given that an exclusive license like this is literally a license to
print money, I am of the strong opinion that the two registry agreements
should be more in harmony - by including the .org price restriction
language in all the legacy domain name registry agreements, where there is
likely to be a significant sunk cost (.com and .net) - or even inclusion in
the base registry agreement.

Yours Truly,

Greg White
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