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The AFNIC defends the .fr Charter and decides to block .fr domains registered by the / association

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Press release
Saint Quentin en Yvelines, July 12th, 2006

The AFNIC noted that the / association
registered more than 7.000 .fr domain names, corresponding for most of
them to family names.

These massive registrations are restraining many individuals to
register their last names under .fr. These registrations are considered
as an obvious violation of the .fr Charter.
Article 12 of the Charter stipulates that third party rights must be respected. The AFNIC has also
received a high number of complaints. The action taken by the AFNIC is
therefore in accordance with its outlines to fight obvious violations of
the .fr Charter.

In order to apply these outlines, the AFNIC’s Board of Directors has
decided to block the domain names registered by / for a three months period. / can contact AFNIC during this period.

The AFNIC will communicate later on how these domain names will be freed
into the public domain. No waiting list will put in place.

The AFNIC remains careful in regards to massive registrations. The AFNIC
published useful documents to know the possibilities for legal
claimants as well as AFNIC’s outlines to fight obvious violations of
its Charter. These documents are available at the following links.

Documents of reference

Naming Charter for .fr domain names

Legal claimants guide in the matter of domain names

Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR)

Outlines of action to obvious violations of AFNIC’s Charters

About the AFNIC

(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )

Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives
from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service
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.