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    .org A Genuinely Non-Profit and Open .org
    posted by michael on Saturday June 15 2002, @03:59AM

    According to an article by John Markoff in the New York Times, DNS pioneers Carl Malamud and Paul Vixie are planning to make a bid to run .org. Not only do they want to run it as a non-profit, but, the Times reports, "they intend to place the database software needed to operate the .org name system in the public domain."
    UPDATE: Malamud's brief description of the plan. Highlight: the group intends to donate eight percent of the .org revenue to ISOC.

    More good qotes from Malamud: "Is this a public trust or a public trough?" and "This shouldn't be a dot-com opportunity,"; "There has been a lot of smoke and mirrors, but what we need is actually a public utility that is well managed in the public interest."

    The Times reports that the pair will formally unveil their bid tomorrow.

    This has to be really good news.

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    Re: A Genuinely Non-Profit and Open .org
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Saturday June 15 2002, @06:48AM (#7197)
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    They're wasting their money. The decision has already been made to award it to ISOC and Afilias.

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    by lextext on Saturday June 15 2002, @08:51AM (#7200)
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    Looking at the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, and the incorporation application to the pertinent jurisdiction, you'll be able to tell whether a company is a non-profit or not. It either is or it isn't. I'm not aware of any distinction in the law between "genuine" non-profits and "non-genuine" non-profits. If you're suggesting that a non-profit which outsources a registry function to an existing for-profit registry operator is something less than genuine, then I think you're judgment is premature. All the applications will be made public later this week. Look at the relationship between the two companies, understand which party is in control of that relationship, and make a judgment about what services and values the non-profit will bring to the non-commercial community. I think it's a little early to annoint this one, sight unseen, as "genuine" and everything else as some kind of sham. It's not that simple.

    -- Bret
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    Re: A Genuinely Non-Profit and Open .org
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Saturday June 15 2002, @11:00AM (#7202)
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    Fixed. Thank you.
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