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Liberalization of .fr and .re domain name registrations: studying opening to individuals

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12/06/2004

The AFNIC is proceeding with its analysis of the in and outs of an opening to individuals, following the abolition of the “right to a name” in May 2004.
Let’s remind that the board of Directors had decided on November 7, 2003, the opening of the .fr and .re registration in two different moves: 1st: to organizations identified on-line in public national databases (companies, trademark owners, corporations listed in the INSEE or other public registries, independents,…); 2nd: to individuals, after an assessment of the first step.

The first opening took place from May 11th to May 14th 2004, without any technical problem. However, some legal or political issues arose, regarding especially AFNIC’s attitude towards infringements of the naming Charter and especially regarding straight name registration of local bodies under the format “nameofthetown.fr”.
Both issues have not been settled yet:

No decree has enforced the July 9 2004 Law on Communications (art. L.45. I), in order to back up AFNIC’s position and means for the respect of intellectual property.

Regarding the registration of local bodies, a legislative proposal was voted last June by the French Senate, has not been placed on the agenda of the National Assembly

Facing such uncertainties, and also depending on the difficulty of individuals’ registration, the Board of Directors of the AFNIC, when meeting on the 19th of November, did not decide of the date of that opening.