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Q: use of a .ORG domain ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: use of a .ORG domain
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: btrader-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 18 Dec 2003 11:22 PST
Expires: 17 Jan 2004 11:22 PST
Question ID: 288388
Can a .Org be used for a commercial 'for-profit' enterprise?  Is there
any penalty or is it restricted in any way?
Subject: Re: use of a .ORG domain
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 18 Dec 2003 11:49 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
According to PIR, the "keeper" of the .Org domain, .org's are intended
for use by "non-commercial" organizations, including those that engage
in some commercial activity, such as hospitals.  However, they also
make clear that .org is an open system and is available for any one to
register a site...although they *prefer* registrants to adhere to the
non-commercial guidelines, it is not an absolute requirement.  There
are no penalties and no restrictions regarding use by a for-profit

You can read the PIR guidelines in detail here:

See, especially, questions #3 and #4:

3.  What does "noncommercial" mean?

PIR advocates .ORG for noncommercial uses. Noncommercial endeavors are
those not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making a profit.
This wide range includes (but isn't limited to) charitable, artistic,
scientific, personal, educational, social, cultural, and religious

4.  Who is allowed to register .ORG names? 

.ORG has always been -- and will continue to be -- an open and
unrestricted domain. Anyone is allowed to register and use .ORG domain


Let me know if you need any additional information on this.

search strategy:  Google search on: org registrar
btrader-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks, Just what I was looking for.

Subject: Re: use of a .ORG domain
From: pinkfreud-ga on 18 Dec 2003 11:35 PST
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