Application for Renewel of amazon.com domain name
by Anonymous Coward
Network Solutions, Inc
505 Huntmar Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
April 1, 2000
Mr. Jeff Bezos
President and Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108-1226
Subject: Application for Renewel of amazon.com domain name
Dear Mr. Bezos:
We recently received your application for renewal of the "amazon.com"
domain name for your company, Amazon.com, inc. Unfortunately, we must
reject your application, and assign you an alternate domain name
instead; for the reasons outlined below.
As you are no doubt aware, the .com top-level domain is intended for
use by for-profit corporations. Many such corporations are registered
with Network Solutions, and this policy is unchanged.
However, it has come to our attention, as evidenced by recent SEC
filings on behalf of Amazon.com, inc., that your company has yet to
turn a profit. As such, Amazon.com, inc. no longer qualifies for a
domain name in the ".com" hierarchy. However, based on your
financial performance, you do qualify for membership in the ".org"
domain; which is intended for non-profit organizations. Unless there
are any objections from you or your representative, Network Solutions
will assign Amazon.com, inc. the new domain name "amazon.com.org". (We
would have assigned the shorter "amazon.org" domain, but that domain
is currently assigned to a website for the San Fransisco lesbian
To be frank; we were gravely concerned about the amount of money that
amazon.com, inc. has been losing. We were seriously considering
assigning a name in the ".gov" domain based on the current rate that
your corporation is losing money. However, as Amazon.com, inc. is a
publicly-traded corporation, and policy reserves the .gov domain for
organizations that are in fact governmental agencies, it was
felt that this would not be appropriate.
This change in your domain name registration only affects your
Internet domain name as assigned by Network Solutions; and no way
impairs your right to continue to do business under the trademark of
"Amazon.com". If and when Amazon.com, inc. becomes a profitable
enterprise; we will be happy to reconsider granting you once again
the domain name "amazon.com", assuming it is still available.
This change shall take effect within the next thirty (30) days, at
which point the "amazon.com" name will be decomissioned. You have
until then to notify customers and business partners. Effective
immediately, and for the length of the thirty-day transition period;
both names wlll be registered to Amazon.com, inc.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our
customer service department.
Chief Executive Officer
Network Solutions, Inc.
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