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Amendment No. 4 to the .ORG Registry Agreement

(1 March 2012)

ICANN and Public Interest Registry agree that the following modification is made to the 8 December 2006 .ORG Registry Agreement:

Appendix 6

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B. Additional Second-Level Reservations. In addition, the following names shall be reserved at the second level:

  • All single-character labels.
  • All two-character labels shall be initially reserved.

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B. Additional Second-Level Reservations. In addition, the following names shall be reserved at the second level:

  • All single and two-character labels that were previously reserved by the Registry in the Registry Agreement may be allocated through ICANN-accredited registrars, based upon implementation of a phased allocation program as further set forth in Appendix 7. The reservation of a two-character label string shall be released to the extent that the Registry reaches agreement with the government and country-code manager, or the ISO 3166 maintenance agency, whichever appropriate. The Registry may also propose release of these reservations based on its implementation of measures to avoid confusion with the corresponding country codes.

Appendix 7 – New Section 7. Additional Services.

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7. Additional Services

.ORG Single and Two Character Phased Allocation Program ("Phased Allocation Program"). The domain names included within the scope of the Phased Allocation Program shall be limited to single and two-character .ORG domain names. Registry Operator reserves the right to allocate less than all of the previously reserved single and two-character .ORG domain names.

Pursuant to the Phased Allocation Program, Registry Operator shall allocate the domain names through an auction process to registrants who commit to building out the domain with a sound marketing and branding strategy to include but not limited to a strong focus on quality, creativity, and the ability to launch the initiative in a timely manner.

The domain names allocated via the Phased Allocation Program are an exception to the Maximum Service Fee described in Section 7.3(a) of the .ORG Registry Agreement. Revenue derived from the Phased Allocation Program will be considered in the calculation of the average annual price of registrations for purposes of Section 7.2(a).

The parties have duly executed this Amendment as of the date first written below.



Name: Kurt J. Pritz

Title: Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations

Public Interest Registry

Name: David W. Maher

Title: Senior Vice President – Law & Policy

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."