Ending up with the summary proceeding pleaded in open court on the
9th of November, the
decision of the President of the Court of Versailles (TGI) concludes
the legitimacy of the AFNIC to enforcing the .fr
Thus, the blocking of the domain names hold by Mr. Laurent N. in his own name is maintained until January 22, 2005, allowing individuals or companies to obtain the transfer or the removal of the disputed domain name.
Meanwhile, the AFNIC’s Board of Directors reserves the right to take all necessary steps to deal again with the matter in due time.
Here is the copy (in French) of the summary procedure.
Ordonnance de référé du 12 décembre 2004 – Affaire N., EuroDNS / AFNIC (565 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.