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.org is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) used in the Internet's Domain Name System. No pronunciation, whether "dot org" or "dot O-R-G", has been established.

.org was one of the original top-level domains, established in January 1985, originally intended for use by organizations that did not meet the requirements for other gTLDs. Now anyone can register a .org domain. .org was the commonly recommended for use by individuals, although .name and .info are now alternatives.

The .org TLD has been operated since 1 January 2003 by Public Interest Registry.

Although organizations anywhere in the world can register .org domains, many countries have a second-level domain with a similar purpose under their own country code TLD. Such second-level domains are usually of the form .org.xx or .or.xx, where xx is the ccTLD.

The .org TLD is sometimes associated with the open source/free software movement, as opposed to the .com domains used mostly by companies. While it is true that many open source projects use .org domains ( even has it in the product name), most .org domains do not qualify for this generalization.

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