.eu wins abusive domain name registration case

9 000 .eu domain names to be released following court decision

Brussels, 14 September 2011 – The .eu registry, EURid, today implemented a court order to revoke almost 9 000 .eu domain names, following the resolution of a Brussels Court of Appeal case in EURid’s favour.

During 2006, EURid established that almost 9 000 .eu domain names had been registered by a registrant in violation of .eu registration regulations. Consequently, the .eu registry initiated court proceedings against her and, following an appeal, the Court of Appeal in Brussels decided in EURid’s favour.

“As the .eu top-level domain registry, we take the rules surrounding domain name registration very seriously. If the rules are broken, we address the situation and take legal action where appropriate,” said Marc Van Wesemael, General Manager of EURid.

In its decision issued on 21 September 2010, the Court of Appeal found that these .eu domain names were registered in bad faith and therefore the registrations were to be terminated. Allowing time for subsequent appeals and legal notifications, EURid is now authorised to implement the final court order and revoke the .eu domain names concerned.

Following EURid’s standard business terms, these revoked domain names are now in quarantine for 40 days. Then, these domain names will be released over a 48 hour period on 24 and 25 October 2011 for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. .eu domain names can be registered by anyone eligible whose request is received by EURid in the technically correct manner via a .eu accredited registrar. Any individual, organisation and business residing within the European Union is eligible to register .eu domain names.

The list of revoked .eu domain names is available at: http://link.eurid.eu/revoked_names.

.eu registration policies are available for download at: http://www.eurid.eu/en/faq/document-downloads.

For media information, please contact:

Catherine Dowdell, PR Officer   Phone: +46 (0)8 5063 74 12  

Email: press@eurid.eu      Press room: http://www.eurid.eu/en/press-room

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 around 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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