Press release June 30th, 2008
Within the context of the clauses of the decree of 6th February 2007
focussing on the management of French country-code Top Level Domains, the AFNIC is going to put in place, from 22nd July,
a specific procedure enabling the resolution of cases of obvious violations of the clauses of this decree.
This procedure will apply to all of the ccTLDs managed by the AFNIC and involved in the decree.
It will be chargeable, will take place over 45 days and will only involve a single domain name at a time.
The domain name concerned will be “frozen” by the departments of the AFNIC from the start of the procedure:
it will continue to function but will no longer be subject to technical or administrative modifications.
The decision will be taken by the AFNIC but will only focus on the obvious cases. In the absence of this obvious characteristic,
the dispute should be resolved by the usual procedures ( Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures
or the courts).
The AFNIC wanted to put this procedure in place in order to facilitate rapid implementation of the clauses
of the decree of 6 February 2007, although the designation had not yet occurred.
Update on July 22nd, 2008
You can now read the detailed rules of the procedure and access to the dispute resolution service.
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 Providers (Registrars).
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.