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

Puetz Kevin A PuetzKevinA at JohnDeere.com
Mon Apr 29 15:46:12 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant.

Legacy gTLDs are a public trust, established as by government or quasi-government entities in the early days of the internet, with fundamentally different expectations from for-profit new gTLDs. The companies who maintain these registries are essentially hired to maintain the required recordkeeping for this public trust, in the manner of utilities. and should be treated that way, with significantly less independence than for-profit gTLDs established as private property.

ICANN should be looking out for the .org registrants, in particular the non-profits. There is no "public benefit" justification to these changes. It is just a handout to business at the expense of registrants' rights and protections. Where are the protections for the millions of domain registrants that this could effect in a negative way? These changes would give way too much power to the registry. This is not acceptable for a "public benefit" organization that exists to represent many stakeholders.
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