Can PIR unilaterally decide to transform itself from a not-for-profit to a for-profit organization?

Yes, but then PIR should no longer be able to run the .ORG in light of the history of .ORG and the ICANN community’s decision regarding the operation of .ORG. Running .ORG as a for-profit would be at odds with the purpose of the .ORG TLD and the commitments made by PIR when .ORG was first delegated to PIR.

In compliance with the policy requiring that .ORG be operated by a non-profit organization that is non-commercial in orientation, ICANN should organize a request for proposals, allowing non-profits to apply for operating the .ORG TLD.

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