Saint Quentin en Yvelines, July 20 2005
The board of directors of the AFNIC (the French Network Information Centre) issued a decision on 18 July 2005
concerning the case of KLTE Ltd., the owner of more than 1200 .fr domain names of which many
are closely similar to trademarks, some of them well-known.
These manifestly improper registrations constitute a wholesale misuse of the .fr Charter,
and have aroused numerous complaints from legal claimants concerned.
Since it had not received any convincing explanations, the board of directors decided on 18 July 2005, and pursuant
to Article 36 of the naming Charter, to block the names registered by KLTE Ltd.,
and display the list of them on a public page
of the AFNIC site to enable any aggrieved persons to state their claims.
These names will be blocked for three (3) months from 21/7/05, after which time, the situation will be re-examined.
The blocking decision concerns all domain names of which the owner is identified by the SIREN number
for KLTE Ltd. as a foreign company registered in a French Trade and Corporate Register (RCS).
The names registered via the DieWebagentur.at
registrar, but of which KLTE Ltd. is not the owner, are not affected by this decision.
The 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) will be published as soon as possible.
Update on 22/7/2005:
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.