March TLD Round-up

Please see below for our latest overview of news from the domain name universe:
.ar Domains No Longer To Be Free
As of 5 March, NIC Argentina introduced a registration fee for .ar domain names of less than 200 pesos ($25.50) per year, ending the policy for free domain names. 
German Court Rules Registrar Can Be Held Responsible For Copyright Infringement
A German court has ruled that registrars “have an obligation to act against websites that exist in order to enable copyright infringement, and if they fail to do so they could be held liable for their customer’s infringing activity”. The ruling applies when it is obvious the domain is used for copyright infringements.
.fi Moving To Separate Registrar/Registry Functions
There are changes being planned to the .fi domain name registration policies that is likely to see all domain name registrations taking place with registrars from September 2016. The move is being promoted as one that is practised by most other ccTLDs.
Registrars Express High Satisfaction With .fr Registry, Afnic
A survey of 105 registrars has found that 99 percent are satisfied with Afnic’s services, according to an annual survey conducted on behalf of the French registry. 
Non-US .org Registrations Grow Strongly As Registrations Grow 2.6% In 2013
While .org registrations have slowed overall, the number of registrations outside of North America is growing strongly, with nearly 40 percent of registrations stemming from abroad, according to the latest Dashboard report from the Public Interest Registry. Asia continues to be a core growth region for .org, with China, Japan and India all represented in the top ten countries for .org registrations.
Neustar Wins Contract To Run .us
Neustar has been awarded a new contract to operate the .us registry by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.