The matter in brief
As part of its attempts to fight violations of the .fr Charter, on 18 July 2005, AFNIC’s Board of Directors took the decision to block domain names belonging to KLTE Ltd.
This decision was ratified by the interim order of 25 April 2006 by Versailles Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of major jurisdiction of first instance). Although KLTE Ltd made some transfers or deletions in accordance with the terms of the order, most domain names are still blocked.
The domain names registered by KLTE Ltd that are still subject to a blocking order will be deleted on 2 November 2009.
The domain names concerned can be checked on the AFNIC website:
AFNIC gives special consideration to all interested parties who have already approached KLTE Ltd unsuccessfully to obtain a transfer of a domain name.
It will be possible to obtain a transfer if all the following conditions are fulfilled:
the request for the transfer was submitted to KLTE Ltd between 25 April 2006 (date of the interim order by Versailles Tribunal de Grande Instance) and 2 October 2009 (date of publication of this information);
the request is based on rights binding on third parties;
third parties must submit a dossier to AFNIC including all documentary evidence before the end of the 30-day redemption period following deletion of the requested domain name (i.e. between now and 2 December 2009, at the latest).
This procedure will be extended to other KLTE Ltd names that have been blocked if the registrars concerned request their deletion.
Legal references for .fr domain names.
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.