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The new law on domain names is adopted on first reading by the French National Assembly

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On 6 October 2010, the Constitutional Council declared section L. 45 of the Post and Electronic Communications Code unconstitutional and set a deadline of 1 July 2011 for the legislature to provide a new legal framework for  Top Level Domains corresponding to the national territory.

The text adopted on 13 January takes into account the main points raised by the Constitutional Council and explicitly refers to the constitutional rights involved in the Freedom of Communication and Freedom of Trade.

The new law also reinforces key principles for the players in the domain name market such as the first come, first served rule, or the accountability of applicants for domain names in relation to the rights of third parties.

AFNIC welcomes this significant step forward, achieved despite an extremely tight parliamentary schedule. It encourages all the stakeholders in the domain name market in France to share their opinions and proposals in order to complete the work on time.
The draft will soon be handed over to the Senate, where it should pass during the coming weeks.
Further information
Article 12 – Texte adopté n°594 – Projet de loi portant diverses dispositions d’adaptation de la législation au droit de l’Union européenne en matière de santé, de travail et de communications électroniques, adopté par l’Assemblée Nationale
(In French only)

(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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.