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Publication of the decree on the new legal framework for domain names

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AFNIC welcomes the move and will now be able to carefully review the applications to register prohibited or reserved terms filed since 1 July.

– The implementing decree of the law of 22 March 2011 which has just been published in the Official Journal gives a precise definition of “legitimate interest” and “good faith”.

To date, some 6168 requests have been filed. To help applicants follow up on AFNIC’s feedback within the 15 days allowed for by the procedure, AFNIC will send them its answer starting August 29.

– In addition, the decree specifies the accreditation criteria with which registrars will now have to comply. AFNIC will begin considering the introduction of this process in the coming weeks. During the transition phase, the decree provides that registrars under contract with AFNIC will continue to carry out their business in accordance with the conditions specified in the contract.

As a reminder, on 6 October 2010, the French Constitutional Council declared unconstitutional section L. 45 of the French Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Act and gave the legislature until 1 July to amend it. On 22 March 2011, the Act replacing the article was passed, establishing a new legal framework for domain names under the .fr TLD, with the main changes coming into effect on 1 July.

The changes introduced by the Act included the easing of registration requirements for terms previously classified as prohibited and reserved. Find out more about the decree Find out more about the law.


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.