This procedure is reserved to the legal claimants defined by the decree, notably the local authorities and trademark holders. It applies to all the domains managed by the AFNIC and concerned by the decree.
This chargeable procedure takes place for 45 days and can only involve one domain name at a time. Request must be motivated and proof must given by the initiator of the case.
The domain name concerned is “frozen” by the AFNIC from the start of the procedure: it continues to function but can no longer be subject to technical or administrative modifications.
The decision is taken by the AFNIC but only focuses on the obvious cases. In the absence of this obvious characteristic, the dispute should be resolved by the usual procedures (Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures (ADR) or the courts).
To this day, the AFNIC received twenty cases within the framework of this procedure. Litigious domain names concern local authorities as well as public services or trademark holders.
Read the decisions (in French only).
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.