Letter to Jeff Bezos, leaked to /. by an AC

From: Alex Future Bokov (alexboko@umich.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 07 2000 - 20:05:35 MDT

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
 Amazon.com, inc.
 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.

 Jim Rutt
 Chief Executive Officer
 Network Solutions, Inc.



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