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New legal framework for domain names : AFNIC organizes an online chat on May 5, 2011

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The AFNIC Legal Affairs Department will answer questions from Internet users on the new legal framework for domain names on May 5, 2011, between 2pm and 4pm. You can already ask your questions on Facebook.

A second session based on the same principle will take place on June 1, 2011 between 9:30 am and 11:30 am on


The Law of 22 March 2011 has changed some aspects of the legal framework for domain names in France. The key changes will come into effect on 1 July 2011. The changes will mostly concern:

Disputes between rights holders and holders of .fr domain names

Prohibited and reserved terms

Access to the list of registered .fr domain names.

Find out more

– on the AFNIC website

– on Facebook: AFNIC
– on Twitter:

(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).
Further information.


About Afnic

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.