OpenDomain Donates Use of Web Addresses to Encourage Online Collaboration

'Anti-squatter' helps firms use and support open sourcing

Sep 29, 2006, 01:00 ET from OpenDomain.Org

    MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- He is the "anti-squatter."
     A Pennsylvania entrepreneur who owns registered Internet Web site
 domain names is allowing individuals and organizations to use many of them
 for free to encourage people who develop Internet applications to share
 information and contribute computer codes online.
     Unlike others who purchase domain names and later fight with companies
 over much-needed Web site addresses, OpenDomain.Org gives away the use of
 these valuable assets to those who use open sourcing - the practice of
 releasing previously proprietary software for free under license - to help
 advance Internet technologies around the world.
     While so-called cyber squatters typically seek money from start-up
 firms or even large corporations requiring a certain Web address,
 OpenDomain.Org believes those who use and support open sourcing shouldn't
 have to wage a bidding war to secure a domain name.
     "While we continue to see speculators buying and selling domain names
 for hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars, what we are doing
 is quite the opposite of cyber squatting - in fact, we're the
 anti-squatter," said Ric Johnson, president of OpenDomain.Org. "We don't
 sell domains nor do we transfer them. Instead, we buy domains so
 organizations that share our view of responsible open sourcing can use them
 for free in promoting these open technologies. It's a different way to
 contribute to open sourcing, and it's the kind of collaborative spirit that
 made the Internet possible."
     In return, OpenDomain simply seeks a link on the Web sites of
 organizations that use the domain names provided by OpenDomain to raise
 awareness so that more groups can take advantage of the opportunity.
     Many applications on the Internet that benefit the public, including
 blogs, are a result of open sourcing.
     OpenDomain.Org has donated several domain names over the past six years
 to organizations and individuals involved in technologies for blogging,
 instant messaging, spam protection and other online functions.
 Organizations that have received domain names - many on the leading edge of
 future Internet technology - are grateful for the support of OpenDomain.
     "Domain names have long been one of the most contentious aspects of the
 Web, and as with any area where resources are dear, the field has attracted
 its shares of speculators who choose names not because of need, but to hold
 them ransom," said Kurt Cagle, chief architect of Metaphorical Web.
 "Thankfully, there are people like Cedric Johnson of OpenDomain.Org, who's
 worked hard - and spent a great deal - to keep such domain names freely
 available for those people who would actually develop resources to help the
 open source and open standards community. He's helped me with the domain
 xForms.Org that I'm developing, and I can only heap praise upon him for the
 selfless acts that he continues to do."
     Other developers agree.
     "OpenDomain.Org acquired Drupal.Com at great expense, and in donating
 it to Drupal, has shown sincere altruism and generosity and has made a
 significant contribution to the larger effort of creating a great
 open-source software product," said Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, an
 open source content management platform. "OpenDomain's generous donation
 will enable us to extend Drupal's presence and facilitate continued growth
 of the Drupal project. We are very grateful for this contribution."
     "With OpenDomain, we have been able to share vital information with the
 Internet development community and educate the public about the power of
 the file format XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language)," added Ron
 DeSerranno, president of Mobiform. "OpenDomain has been instrumental in
 helping http://www.XAML.Net exceed its goals."
     "OpenAjax Alliance is very excited and appreciative of OpenDomain's URL
 donation of OpenAjax.Org to OpenAjax Alliance. This enables a more
 intuitive Web address for the alliance and the community," said Jon
 Ferraiolo of IBM, speaking on behalf of the OpenAjax Alliance. "OpenAjax
 Alliance is an open industry collaboration dedicated to developing and
 expanding Ajax technologies, so donations like OpenDomain's help the
 organization continue its growth and campaigns."
     OpenDomain will continue to make its donations available to anyone
 involved in open-source applications.
     "We are pleased with the support we have seen for our efforts," Johnson
 said. "We have received plenty of offers to buy domain names we own, but
 we've never sold one. We remain committed to supporting open sourcing and
 the entrepreneurs who are developing the future of the Internet."
     About OpenDomain
     With OpenDomain - the "Open Source for Domains" - organizations and
 individuals can use a domain owned by OpenDomain and then freely put it to
 good use. This enables domains that otherwise would stand empty to be used
 for a good purpose and also offers an excellent opportunity to obtain a
 relevant domain URL. Learn more at http://www.OpenDomain.Org. OpenDomain is
 sponsored by http://www.Free.TV.
      Thomas Becher
      John Lambert Associates
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