10th August 2014

.BZH Specifics

Background of .BZH

NetNames has been given notice that Association www.BZH plan to open the .BZH new registry on the 4th September 2014. The .BZH gTLD will be supported by AFNIC Registry as the back-end provider. The .BZH TLD will be a restricted registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise 4th September 2014 to 3rd November 2014 ✔
Landrush (Standard only) 4th November 2014 to 30th November 2014 ✔
General Availability 4th December 2014 ✔

Association BZH will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Sunrise period will be resolved by means of an auction after the close of the phase on the 3rd November 2014. Sunrise orders can be placed via your NetNames Domain Management Portal or via your Account Manager. Should you still wish to place any trademarks with the TMCH, please contact your Account Manager.

Association BZH will be offering a Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants, on an end point basis with the priority held by people and businesses who have a valid address in BZH. At the end of the landrush phase, competing applications will be settled by auction. Contact your Account Manager for more details on how to apply during the Landrush phase.

Registration Info

  • The purpose of the .bzh TLD is to serve the Breton community, to represent, characterize and display all of its cultural, economic and social productions on the Internet. The Breton community is defined by all the people who feel attached to Brittany, its culture and its languages and who wish to display this attachment by using a domain name under the .bzh TLD.
  • The .bzh TLD is a so-called “community-based” Top Level Domain (TLD). Domain names under these TLDs may only be registered by a limited group of registrants and are subject to special conditions of use. To register (or renew) a .bzh domain name, applicants must in particular substantiate:
    • a place of residence, headquarters or office located in Brittany (Côtes d’Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, Finistère, Morbihan, Loire-Atlantique),
    • significant and original content of the website devoted to Brittany and the Breton culture, at most six (6) months after the allocation of the domain name,
    • a significant and original part of the website in the Breton or Gallo language, at most six (6) months after the allocation of the domain name,
    • regular membership of Association, which gathers representatives of the linguistic and cultural community.
  • Applicants are required to agree to the terms of use of .bzh domain names available in the .bzh Registration Policy.All registrants of a .BZH domain name must be an individual or a legal entity with a connection to the .BZH community. This connection means that the registrant of the domain name must be able to reasonably demonstrate a link or an interest to the community at the time of registration and throughout the duration of the active registration. The link to the community can be on a linguistic, cultural, tourism, commercial, or any other basis that is conducive (and not detrimental) to the benefit of the Québec community.
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters.
  • .BZH will support IDN registrations in French only.
  • .BZH is not eligible for blocking under any Domains Protected Marks List (DPML).
  • Applications made in the Trademark Sunrise phase will incur a one-off Sunrise Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.
  • Applications made in the Landrush phase will incur a one-off queue fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.

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