Are there laws governing who can use a .org? I can be myname.org, right?
I believe so. I have been for about four year.
The only "laws" are the policies specified by the .org registrar. And as far as I know, they don't do any non-profit checking or anything like that.
You can register a .org just like any other domain. There was a big to do about getting a "non-profit registry" around .org to uphold the policies, but nothing seems to have happened, you can register a .org just like any other domain.
There were (IIRC) about 5 or 6 groups that wanted to take over the .org registry and only 2 of those wanted to restrict new .org's to be only non-profits. I don't think either od those groups got the registry, or they changed their mind.
Actually, in my experience, it's been more like that: .com is for the fast, .net is for the idiots who issue a press release before registering all the relevant .com domains, and .org is for truly pathetic losers - when it's used by a company for a product website, that is.
Isn't this a settled matter for you already, given that you own and operate http://chrishester.org ?
He might not.
He Does. I posted this after a chick consultant from DELOITTE ask to see my 501c3 inferring I needed to have a non-profit to own and or use a .org address. I really dislike consultants.
Christopher Hester (www.chrishester.org)
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