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The AFNIC puts forward a legal claimants guide in the matter of domain names and presents its action broad outlines

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Press release
Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, the 2nd of December 2005

The AFNIC makes public a legal claimants guide in the matter of domain names in order to implement good practices so as to protect oneself properly and in full knowledge of the facts.
This didactic guide, as regards .fr domain names, presents the different paths for appeal, and the advantages or the drawbacks of each.

The AFNIC also worked out the broad outlines of action when being confronted to obvious violation of its naming charters. Such is the case of some practices, becoming widespread, and which are obviously contrary to the letter and even more to the spirit of the guidelines laid down by the naming charters of the AFNIC.

The AFNIC thus intends:

making all the parties involved the more aware both of their responsibilities in registering a domain name and reacting to illicit practice;
establishing absolute openness of its terms of action.

Legal claimants guide in the matter of domain names

Outlines of action to obvious violation of AFNIC’s naming charters

Naming 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.