Court decides on sex.eu

 

Brussels, 12 December 2011 – After five years of legal proceedings, the case surrounding the domain name sex.eu is now concluded, reports the .eu registry, EURid.

Following a ruling by the Brussels Court of Appeal, sex.eu will be activated on 12 December 2011 and granted to the first listed applicant from .eu’s Sunrise period.

EURid accepted applications for .eu domain names on a limited basis between 7 December 2005 and 6 April 2006, known as the Sunrise period. Only individuals and organisations holding some type of legal protection for a name within a European Union Member State were eligible to apply to register that name as a .eu domain name during that time. Sex.eu received the highest number of applications on the opening day of Sunrise and has been subject to legal dispute since then.

While the resolution of the sex.eu case might get attention because of its possible links to pornography, research published by EURid concludes that pornography accounts for only 0.4% of websites on average, contradicting the commonly held view that the Internet has a large number of pornographic websites.

The .eu Insights report “Website usage trends among top-level domains” is available for download at: http://link.eurid.eu/insights .

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Catherine Dowdell, PR Officer   Phone: 46 (0)8 5063 74 12   Email: press@eurid.eu

About .eu and EURid

The .eu domain ranks among the ten largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 27 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than three million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity, including Bridgestone, Century 21, Hyundai, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation and the UniCredit Group.

EURid is the not-for-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to operate the .eu top-level domain. EURid works with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official EU languages. With headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), EURid also has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at http://www.eurid.eu

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About .eu and EURid The .eu domain ranks among the largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 27 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than 3.5 million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies and brands use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity and their business ambitions, including Fairtrade International, Foot Locker, Louis Vuitton, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation, Orangina and Toyota. EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu top-level domain, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official EU languages. EURid is registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of EURid’s environmental commitment. With headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), EURid also has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu.

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