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.org Registry Agreement: Appendix G

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.org Registry Agreement: Appendix G

19 August 2003

Registry Operator Maximum Price Schedule

This schedule specifies the maximum price PIR may charge for Registry Services. In a manner consistent with Section 3.4.3 of the Registry Agreement, PIR may charge a lower-than-specified rate for services, including not charging for a specified service. Except as set forth herein or otherwise agreed, PIR shall not be entitled to charge for any registry service not specified in this Appendix G.

1. Maximum Domain-Name Initial Registration Fee

PIR may charge a maximum of US $6.00 per year for each domain name registered (the "Initial Registration Fee") in the Registry TLD during the Term of the Registry Agreement. The Initial Registration Fee shall be paid in full by the ICANN-Accredited Registrar sponsoring the domain name at the time of registration.

2. Maximum Domain-Name Renewal Fee

PIR may charge a maximum of US $6.00 per year for each domain name registration renewal (the "Renewal Fee") in the Registry TLD during the Term of the Registry Agreement. The Renewal Fee shall be paid in full by the ICANN-Accredited Registrar sponsoring the domain name at the time of renewal.

3. Fees for Transfers of Sponsorship of Domain-Name Registrations

a. During the Term of the Registry Agreement, where the sponsorship of a domain name is transferred from one ICANN-Accredited Registrar to another ICANN-Accredited Registrar, PIR may require the registrar receiving the sponsorship to request a renewal of one year for the name. In connection with that extension, PIR may charge a Renewal Fee for the requested extension as provided in item 2 above. The transfer shall result in an extension according to the renewal request, subject to a ten-year maximum on the future term of any domain-name registration. The Renewal Fee shall be paid in full at the time of the transfer by the ICANN-Accredited Registrar receiving sponsorship of the domain name.

b. For a bulk transfer approved by ICANN under Part B of Exhibit D to the Registry-Registrar Agreement, Registry Operator may charge the gaining registrar US $0 (for transfers of 50,000 names or fewer) or US $50,000 (for transfers of more than 50,000 names).

4. Low Cost Services in the Public Interest

The services below are intended to enrich the online efforts of the organizations registering .ORG domain names. PIR may charge a fee for these services, as established according to Subsection 3.4.3 of the Registry Agreement.

a. ORGWatch

This service will be available for each domain name, keyword, or associated term (“Watched Terms”) monitored. Any changes to the domain name data for the Watched Terms will result in a notification being generated. This is a value-added service for registrants to request from their provider of choice. The service consists of two monitoring services. 1) Monitor for changes to the domain data of an existing domain to improve the security of domain ownership. 2) For intellectual property owners and other interested parties, monitor for the registration of domain names which may infringe on a registered trademark.

b. ORGLock

The ORGLock service, available for each domain name registry lock or unlock request that is fulfilled, intends to provide registrants with the ability to prevent modifications, transfers, or deletions of domain names without explicit permission from the registrant. The service's main purposes are to prevent malicious domain hijacking and domain transfer errors. The registrant will be contacted before any changes are made to their accounts for confirmation of the requested change. The registry, or registrar, under certain special conditions to be determined at a later date, may override an ORGLock.

c. ORGCloak

PIR contemplates providing a service for each domain or other identifying contact object, a service in conjunction with registrars, that allows organizations to protect portions of their Whois information from the general public. This will protect organizations from undesirable effects, such as spamming, and can be useful to organizations that require a level of anonymity (such as free speech or human rights organizations that operate in politically unfriendly countries). This service will also allow individuals to gain a measure of privacy previously unavailable. The Whois data will remain available, under safeguarding policies and procedures, to qualified entities such as law enforcement bodies and UDRP dispute resolution service providers.

This service will be offered with consultation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee and the .ORG Advisory Council to help ensure that the enforcement of intellectual property rights are not compromised.

d. Identity and Trust Services

PIR anticipates offering digital trust services in conjunction with registrars to benefit domain name registrants, including .ORG registrants. For example, Digital certificates will be available at a minimum of the 40-, 56-, and 128-bit encryption levels. Registrants will need to provide appropriate credentials to verify their organization and their right to use their .ORG domain name. Certificates give the end users of Web sites a higher level of trust, ensure their privacy, and providing a secure mechanism for any online financial transactions.

PIR expects to offer a distribution mechanism (currently, a Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) web server farm) that will hold a registrant's public certifications and public PGP keys, allowing for secure yet easy access to these crucial pieces of identity.

PIR will provide systems that help register the organization's certification, Internet public identity, and its trust association with its registered business identity, and make them publicly available in a secure fashion. (The status of this service as a Registry Service, or not, will be determined by the parties once implementation details become available.)

5. Additional Fee-Based Services

PIR reserves the right to offer and charge a fee for the following services, as stated below or established according to Subsection 3.4.3 of the Registry Agreement:

a. xWhois Services: These services are intended to provide interested entities enhanced access to the .org Whois. These services are described in Appendix O.

b. Multilingual Domain Registrations: As described in Appendix C, the Registry Operator proposes to introduce services supporting Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in the future. Proposed implementation details will be provided to ICANN for its review and approval, consistent with ICANN’s overall plans for the introduction of IDNs. This service, when introduced, will allow registrants to register domain names in their native language. PIR will take adequate measures to properly deploy multilingual domain name registrations. This service will increase the availability of the Internet and help bridge the digital divide.

The prior registry operator registered RACE-based IDNs. Prior to introduction of the IDN services described immediately above, Registry Operator may (but is not required to) charge for renewal of these legacy IDNs consistent with item 2 above.

c. Secure Domain Name Registrations: PIR contemplates the introduction of an enhanced registration service, offered through ICANN-Accredited Registrars, utilizing secure processing mechanisms for mission critical registrations to provide additional security measures with respect to modifications to domain name information and/or transfers of a domain name. The maximum fee charged will be US $500 per year per domain name.

d. OrgCentral: This service allows Organizations that manage large numbers of domain names, a way to centrally manage domain names, including renewal and tracking in multiple TLDs, global modification of domain names and contacts, and enhanced security with global lockdown service.

e. Messaging Services: This service allows Organizations to subscribe to messaging services offered by the registry, providing flexibility and ease of use. (The status of this service as a Registry Service, or not, will be determined by the parties once implementation details become available.)

f. Storage Services: This service allows Organizations to simplify their storage requirements and provisioning through a single source. (The status of this service as a Registry Service, or not, will be determined by the parties once implementation details become available.)

6. Non-Fee-Based Services

PIR will offer several new services in addition to the "standard" registry package. We feel these services will enrich the public's online experience - and at no additional cost.

a. ORGRing

PIR intends to provide a program that allows related organizations to provide navigational links to each other, similar to existing Web rings.

b. DotORG Directory

A free listing service that provides summary information about all organizations that are registered in the .ORG domain. Registrants can choose to opt-in (or opt-out), during or after domain name registration.

c. Registrant Auth_Info Code Assistance

If, for any reason, a registrant has difficulty obtaining the Auth_Info Code for their domain, PIR will provide a mechanism to assist them in obtaining their code from their sponsoring registrar. This facility will give the sponsoring registrar an additional access method for the Auth_Info Code by providing the code automatically to the registrar upon request by the registrant, with notification to the registrar and registrant that such code has been sent by PIR.

d. Domain Auto-Renewal

When a domain reaches its expiration date the registry will automatically renew the domain for one additional year. A registrar has the duration of the auto-renewal grace period to delete the domain and receive a refund for the automatic renewal. PIR's policy will restrict the maximum outstanding expiration period to ten years. No extra fee will be charged for the domain auto-renewal service.

7. Fee for Restoring Deleted Domain Name Registrations

PIR may charge registrars the following maximum prices for each Registered Name that is restored pursuant to the Redemption Grace Period Policy set forth in Appendix C to the Registry Agreement:

  • The fee for restoring an unintentionally deleted domain name in the Redemption Grace Period must not exceed US $40.00.

PIR will waive the fee for restoring any Registered Name that was deleted, contrary to the wishes of the Registered Name Holder, as the result of a mistake of the Registry Operator.

Note: the fee for restoring deleted names is separate from, and in addition to, any Renewal Fees that may be charged pursuant to Section 2 of this appendix.

8. Fee Adjustments

The fees listed below are subject to adjustment according to the terms of Sections 3.14.5 and 4.4 of the Registry Agreement, and are also subject to adjustment to account for additional charges that PIR may pass through to ICANN-accredited registrars in accordance with the terms of the Registry Agreement.

Fee Table

Fee Type Maximum Amount Per Unit Fee Subject to Adjustment
Registration Fee US $6.00 Year Yes, §§3.14.5, 4.4
Renewal Fee US $6.00 Year Yes, §§3.14.5, 4.4
ORGWatch See § 3.4.3 Watched Term Yes, § 4.4
ORGLock See § 3.4.3 Lock or unlock request fulfilled Yes, § 4.4
ORGCloak See § 3.4.3 Year per domain or object cloaked Yes, § 4.4
Identity and Trust Services See § 3.4.3 TBD Yes, § 4.4
xWhois Services See § 3.4.3 TBD Yes, § 4.4
Multilingual Domains See § 3.4.3 TBD Yes, § 4.4
Secure Domain Registrations US $500.00 Year per domain Yes, § 4.4
OrgCentral See § 3.4.3 Year per domain Yes, § 4.4
Messaging Services See § 3.4.3 TBD Yes, § 4.4
Storage Services See § 3.4.3 TBD Yes, § 4.4
Redemption Grace Period Restore Fee US$ 40 Per Restore Command/request Yes, § 4.4

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23 October 2002

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