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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) AFNIC Relaxes .fr Registration Policies
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 02 2004, @04:14AM

    philipperodhain writes "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération (“AFNIC”), the domain name authority managing the French country code top level domain, is introducing a new regime for registration of .fr domain names.

    Among the main changes, the new regime abolishes any requirement that registrants demonstrate a 'right to the name'. Until now an applicant for registration of a .fr domain name had to prove that the domain name reflects its company name, business name or trade mark that is in force in France.

    Under the new regime it will no longer be necessary for applicants to prove that they have any rights to their domain names: applications will be considered on a 'first come, first served' basis."

    "Introduction of the new regime will be in two phases:

    - In the second quarter of 2004 it will be possible for anyone who can be identified online in French public databases (e.g. companies, businesses, associations listed in the INSEE directory, trade mark owners, etc.) to apply for registration of a .fr domain name without the need to produce supporting legal documentation

    - From the beginning of 2005, a similar provision will be extended to natural persons and to legal entities which are not identifiable from French public databases (e.g. associations not listed in the INSEE directory, etc.) provided that the person or entity has a legal presence in France

    Although it is clear that the introduction of the new regime will be greatly welcomed, it is expected that there will be an increase in conflicts between domain name registrants and trade mark owners.

    AFNIC has announced that from commencement of the new regime a procedure will be available, as an alternative to litigation, for resolution of disputes between competing parties claiming rights in a .fr domain name.

    While this alternative to litigation will be helpful, we are concerned that cybersquatters may take advantage of the liberalised regime to register available domain names that correspond to trade marks whose owners have taken no action to secure those domain names. It is therefore very important for trade mark owners to protect their trade marks at the earliest opportunity by registering their corresponding .fr domain names."

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    S'ok if the disp resolution doesn't look like UDRP
    by ldg on Tuesday March 02 2004, @09:51PM (#13058)
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    It is therefore very important for trade mark owners to protect their trade marks at the earliest opportunity by registering their corresponding .fr domain names.

    And if they don't choose to register those names, they should not be able to wrest them from a registrant unles the use of the domain infringes via content (not meta tags) or is held for ransom. Ransom means a $35 domain selling for $3500 out of the box, for example. In addtion, if a domain has been in use for a year or more before a tm holder decides to try to hijack it, it should be a "no go," again, barring content infringement.

    One of the most unreasonable aspects of domain name conflicts, IMO, is the trademark holders who did not choose to register a domain and then did everything they could to take them from people who did register them, many of whom used them fairly. It then went further with tm holders going after similar names that had nothing to do with their own line of business or those who had exact names and used them for differnt lines of business (clue.com comes to mind).

    I'm glad to see .fr go to first come, first served. That's the way it was meant to be in the first place.

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