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The AFNIC continues its action on KLTE Ltd.'s domain names

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11/14/2005

Saint Quentin en Yvelines, November 14 2005

During its October 21 meeting, the AFNIC’s Board of Directors decided to continue its action on KLTE Ltd.’s domain names, for infringing brands property rights. Thus, every new domain name registered by KLTE Ltd. is being blocked.

On the 18th of July 2005, the AFNIC had blocked domain names registered by KLTE Ltd. in order to protect its naming charter against infringing attitudes, such as registering 1200 names mostly very similar to sometimes notorious brand names.
The initial three months blocking period expired last October 18. Called on the consequences that should follow up, the Board of Directors decided to maintain the blocking.

Following the AFNIC’s policy against infringements of its naming charters, confirmed by its Board of Directors, the blocking will be lifted:

either by a court order;
either in the absence of complaint, demand or formal notice for 30 consecutive days.

The list of blocked domain names is made public in order to allow legal claimants to check whether any of these names be prejudicial.

List of KLTE Ltd.’s domain names affected by a blocking operation
updated in real time, with the current file processing, subject to omissions or pending operations.

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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.