The Domain Name Rules for .Org

by Jonathan Langdon

.ORG is one of the first top-level domains created for the Domain Name System (DNS). Where .COM is designated for commercial use and .NET for networks, the .ORG domain is meant for charitable and nonprofit organizations. A database of .ORG domain names is maintained by the Public Interest Registry which endeavors to promote the original spirit of the .ORG domain.

The Intent of .ORG

The .ORG domain is meant for charities and other philanthropic enterprises. According to the Public Interest Registry, a .ORG domain name communicates trust, credibility and community interest. Websites that flagrantly go against the spirit of the .ORG domain are subject to removal.

Cybersquatting and the UDRP

The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) allows a copyright holder to challenge another party's claim to a domain name bearing a copyrighted property. However, there is no set rule against creating a domain name bearing the copyrighted property of another. The website can operate until successfully challenged.

The Public Interest Registry .ORG Database

All .ORG domain names must be submitted to the Public Interest Registry database. Web registrars automatically send new .ORG domain names to the Public Interest Registry.

About the Author

Jonathan Knorr Langdon is a freelance writer from South Jersey with a Master of Arts in creative writing from Rowan University of Glassboro, New Jersey. His areas of expertise include gaming, general computer usage and research. His articles have appeared at eHow and Answerbag.