Following the blocking of 4,465 domain names hold in his own name, Mr. Laurent N.
and his registrar EuroDNS issued a summary procedure against the AFNIC before the Versailles Court of Justice.
The case was pleaded in open court on the 9th of November.
During the hearing, several companies intervened on behalf of the AFNIC, in order to obtain the transfer or the removal of undue domain names.
The President of the Court took the matter under advisement until December 14.
As a result, the blocking of the domain names will continue at least until that date.
At the protagonists’ request, Mr. Laurent N. and his registrar EuroDNS asked the Court to admit their commitment to:
accept every transfer or removal of domain names claimed by the companies represented at the hearing;
accept in the future any transfer or removal of domain names claimed rightfully by a company.
Thus, the AFNIC strongly advises individuals or companies considering their legitimacy over a blocked domain name to contact
Mr. Laurent N. and/or EuroDNS, in order to obtain the transfer or the removal of the disputed domain name.
Moreover, any transfer may be demanded from another registrar.
Please keep the AFNIC informed of any mail or phone exchange in order to let us check operations from start to finish.
Here is the copy (in French) of the summary procedure.
Ordonnance de référé du 9 novembre 2004 – Affaire N., EuroDNS / AFNIC (505 Ko)
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.