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PIR (.org) releases annual report, shows impact from new Afilias deal

Margins are up thanks to renegotiated contract with Afilias. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the organization that operates the .org top level domain, released its 2018 annual report today. The report includes data for 2018 and gives the first indications into its new contract with Afilias to run the technical backed of the registry. PIR put […]

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ICANN explains how .org pricing decision was made

ICANN has responded to questions about how its decision to lift price caps on .org, along with .biz and .info, was made. The buck stops with CEO Göran Marby, it seems, according to an ICANN statement, sent to DI last night. ICANN confirmed that was no formal vote of the board of directors, though there […]

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Charities “could move to .ngo” if .org prices rise

File this one under “wrong-headed argument of the day”. The head of policy at the Charities Aid Foundation reportedly has said that the recent removal of price increase caps at .org could lead to charities moving to other TLDs, “like .ngo”, which would cause confusion among charitable givers. Rhodri Davies told The Telegraph (registration required) […]

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Afilias bought .io for $70 million

Did you know Afilias owns .io? I didn’t, but it paid $70 million for the popular alternative TLD 18 months ago. A recently published financial statement in Ireland shows that the company spent $70.17 million cash — a 10x revenue multiple — for 100% of Internet Computer Bureau Ltd in April 2017. ICB runs .io, […]

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PIR chief: registries should stop stressing about volume

Public Interest Registry has announced some sweeping changes to how it markets .org and its other TLDs, with interim CEO Jay Daley telling DI that there’s too much focus on volumes in the industry today. PIR is scrapping is volume discount programs after the current batch of incentives expires at the end of the year. […]

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PIR (.org) makes changes to its sales practices

No more volume discounts, focus on quality over quantity. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit registry that runs the .org top level domain name, is making changes to how it markets its domains. Jay Daley, Interim President and CEO of PIR, said in a blog post that the organization is nixing volume discounts. These discounts […]

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Neustar swaps out CEO, PIR looking for new CEO

There are to be changes at the top at two of the industry’s stalwarts. Neustar has announced that eight-year CEO Lisa Hook has stepped aside to be replaced by Charles Gottdiener, who comes from the world of private equity. He was most recently COO and MD at Providence Equity Partners. Hook, who became CEO in […]

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Cute abruptly quits PIR

Brian Cute unexpectedly resigned as CEO of Public Interest Registry late last week. No reason was given for his departure. In a May 10 press release, the .org registry said that he’d left May 7. He’s been replaced temporarily by board member Jay Daley until a permanent replacement can be found. I asked a PIR […]

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Now the DNA backpedals on “Copyright UDRP”

The Domain Name Association has distanced itself from the Copyright ADRP, a key component of its Healthy Domains Initiative, after controversy. The anti-piracy measure would have given copyright owners a process to seize or suspend domain names being used for massive-scale piracy, but it appears now to have been indefinitely shelved. The DNA said late […]

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PIR slams brakes on “UDRP for copyright”

Public Interest Registry has “paused” its plan to allow copyright owners to seize .org domains used for piracy. In a statement last night, PIR said the plans were being shelved in response to publicly expressed concerns. The Systemic Copyright Infringement Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy was an in-house development, but had made its way into the […]

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