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Are there laws governing who can use a .org?  I can be, right?

Christopher Hester
Tuesday, November 11, 2003

I believe so. I have been for about four year.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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.

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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.

You can probably dig up some information here:

Or just register your .org with either your normal registrar, or a registrar who will handle .org.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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.

If you take a look back at the origin/purpose of .com/.net/.org, it doesn't make any sense to restrict .org to just non-profits. They way it's _always_ worked was that .com was for companies, .net was for network providers and .org was for _any_ other type of organization (formal non-profit or not) that wasn;t covered by one of the other TLD's (.mil/.gov/.edu).

My personal domain is a .org, and because I don't trust some idiots not to mess things up, I also registered the .us version of my domain as a fall-back.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

no rules

besides, I own the .org, and .net as well

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Isn't this a settled matter for you already, given that you own and operate ?

Ethan Herdrick
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

He might not.

the owner is Chris Hester. This one uses Christoper Hester.

Maybe two different people.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

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 (
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

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