.COOP is a restricted top level domain (TLD) that is only open for registration to cooperatives and other organizations meeting the .coop eligibility criteria.
The .COOP Registry conducts audits of .COOP domain registrations and reserves the right to cancel or modify a domain name in accordance with their policies. Refer to the Verification Policy to learn about how the audits are conducted.
The following are the primary criteria for determining eligibility for a .coop domain name.
While hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide operate as cooperatives, the definition of a cooperative varies from country to country and from culture to culture. The following items serve as proof of eligibility or credentials, supporting the .COOP domain name Eligibility criteria.
Attention DAOs! You are eligible for a .coop domain if your Constitution/Bylaws show your organization operates as a democratically-controlled, member-owned entity. The .coop domain name registry does not require registrants to have a formal cooperative legal entity.
Your DAO should consider becoming a legal cooperative to elevate your standing in the community you serve. This added credential will demonstrate a DAO’s higher level achievement in leadership to standards of a democratically-controlled organization embracing inclusiveness, fairness, and training.
Learn more on how Legal Cooperative Associations are the ideal legal structure for DAOs here (Upside co-op | Cooperatives: The Revolutionary Solution for Compliant Ownership in Web3)
There’s no better, or more cost-effective, way to raise your cooperative profile than an official .COOP website
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