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PIR-o-mania : And now get ready for unlimited price increases for dot .ORG #domains

The acquisition of the PIR Registry by Ethos Capital might have been cockblocked for now, as ICANN put the brakes on the transaction. Bending flat under pressure, ICANN announced that apparently PIR is doing just fine right now, as a profitable company with a valuation of more than $1 billion dollars. Relinquishing their non-profit status […]

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For 10 days, Ethos Capital and #PIR want your piece of mind about the #ORG dealio

If you were upset about the sale of PIR, managers of .ORG domains, to Ethos Capital and voiced your opposing opinion, get ready for another round. Apparently, PIR is itching for the deal to close as soon as possible, particularly after Ethos Capital made a “scout promise” to uphold the ethics of the game and […]

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“Connected Giving Foundation” and ORG : #PIR replacement structure revealed

The trustees of the Internet Society, overseers of PIR – the .ORG Registry – announced the formation of the Connected Giving Foundation. Referred to in internal documents as “CGF”, the transitional organization will have the same supportive function as PIR provides to the Internet Society today. CGF is the entity that will receive the funds, […]

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Conflict of interest : #ISOC sale of #ORG saga spills over to #Wikipedia

The sale of dot .ORG Registry, PIR, by ISOC has now spilled over to Wikipedia. There are now allegations that the ISOC page is being edited by an Internet Society associate, without declaring this conflict. These edits are reversing a recent addition of information that – according to its editor – paints ISOC in a […]

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No, #GoDaddy is not fit to become the dot #ORG Registry!

Domain Name Wire wrote a fantasy football article today, suggesting that GoDaddy should consider picking up the dot .ORG Registry, as a “white knight.” Setting that impossible scenario aside, as .ORG is not up for grabs in any kind of auction, here’s why this is a terrible idea. We already know the minimum cost of […]

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Today : Community call on the ISoc sale of #PIR and dot #ORG

At 3pm Eastern time today, there will be a public community call on the sale of PIR, Registry for .ORG domains, by the Internet Society (ISoc.) Participating in the one hour event is free and can be joined via a web browser here. The event is organized by NTEN and will be presented in English. […]

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Quality #ORG domain names will sell nicely regardless of renewal fees

The controversy surrounding the timing of the sale of PIR, managers of .ORG, is ongoing. Time will tell whether there was an underlying agenda in how the acquisition of PIR by fresh corp Ethos Capital followed the uncapping of .ORG prices, with the blessings of ICANN. For now, it seems that renewal fees are of […]

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Techdirt : Sketchy #ICANN executives and the #ORG deal

An article at Techdirt refers to the “self-serving” .ORG deal as the result of very “sketchy” actions by executives at ICANN. The article points out the various steps in the deal that secured the removal of price caps for .ORG domains, and once this was in place, the announcement of PIR’s sale for a reputedly […]

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Girl #Scouts of America and the #YMCA protest the sale of .ORG registry to Ethos Capital

The Girl Scouts of America and the YMCA have joined numerous organizations, protesting the sale of PIR – the Registry for .ORG domains – to Ethos Capital. According to a BBC article, the Internet Society has been sent almost 7,000 letters asking it to halt the sale of PIR to Ethos, as part of a […]

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Number 8 : Single digit .ORG in the hands of a domain investor

PIR, the .ORG domain registry, launched Project 94 a few years ago; the allocation of one or two letter/number .ORG domains to benefit communities. When .ORG first emerged in 1985, certain policies and recommendations required that a registry “set aside” a select number of domain names for future registration. Among this group of reserved names […]

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PIR Registry raises .ORG domain prices once again

Taking advantage of its contract with ICANN, the .ORG Registry, PIR, is rising prices once again. On August 1st, wholesale prices will be increased by 10% and the cost will be passed onto the consumers, naturally, by their respective Registrars. PIR is not the only domain Registry to raise prices per their ICANN agreement; Verisign, […]

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ORG vs The Pirate Bay : Copyright Alliance calls the PIR Registry “hypocritical”

The Pirate Bay, a long term host of torrent links to content that, for the most part, violates many a copyright, has returned to its domain roots. After a journey that took the pirate organization’s domain through a series of ccTLD domains, including dot .SE, it’s back to .ORG. ThePirateBay.org is the current, active home […]

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