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I have 2 .FR names registered, they have been down since Saturday. Personally, I think it's hard to believe that EuroDNS did not know of these problems earlier.
Besides that, their service is terrible. I sent them some urgent e-mails on saturday morning, which were answered not before Monday at the end of the morning. After that, I had to mail three times to even find out what was actually happening. It is really frustrating to see that a company like can't afford to give 24/7 support on important things like domain registrations.
All ".fr" Domain Name Holders are in Danger!
AFNIC, the French national Registry has taken the unprecedented step of freezing thousands of ‘.fr’ Domain names. This action, taken without warning or explanation, has terminated access to the related websites and e-mail services, causing chaos and disruption to organizations around the world.
The impact of such actions on Internet and E-mails services on which so many businesses rely worldwide could be disastrous if it were to be followed by other Registrars.
[edited by: tedster at 8:15 pm (utc) on Oct. 28, 2004]
... The aforesaid was warned as early as July 2004 that his practices might be opposed to the philosophy of the naming Charter. The members of the consultative committees hold on September 29 and 30, decided to take all useful steps facing prejudicial behaviours , contrary to the spirit of the naming Charter and to the legal duties of the AFNIC, regarding the law of July 9, 2004, about electronic communications and audiovisual communication services.
Even before this was published I found it very hard to believe that the whole situation caught EuroDNS by surprise. Wasn't it just a strong error of judgement of EuroDNS to ignore the warning bells; and maybe even think that AFNIC would never dare to shut down their thousands of domains?
Please consider the following:
(i) What's the interest of AFNIC to claim that they did warn while they didn't? None: it is a non-profit organisation.
(ii) What's the interest of EuroDNS to ignore signals? They probable made a lot of money on these .FR domains.
It will be interesting to see what happens here. But I do not think that AFnic will back down.
The problem is that the domain owners have to move their domains from EuroDNS and they do not own their domains. AFNIC has washed its hands of the problem by saying that they have no contract with the third party domain owners who have registered their domains through EuroDNS. In law this seems to be true.
From my dealings with eurodns I have always been under the impression that they were allowed to act as a middleman.
If it's about trademark complaints, isn't it common practice to block only those domains that are disputed?