We reported in the November / December 2010 issue of Anchovy News that on 21 September 2010 the Brussels Court of Appeal ordered the release of around 9,000 .EU domain names that were registered during the sunrise period back in 2006 by the same registrant. EURid, decided to take action against the registrant for breach of contract further to a number of alternative dispute resolution complaints against the registrant in question.

On 14 September 2011, EURid announced that, after allowing time for legal notifications and further appeals, it was finally able to implement the court order. However, as EURid was the party who brought the action, instead of the domain names being transferred to their rightful owners based on prior rights (in cases where such rights exist), they will all be released into the public domain.  

Following EURid’s standard business terms, the revoked domain names will be placed in quarantine for 40 days. Then they will be released over a 48 hour period on 24 and 25 October 2011 for registration on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Any individual, organisation or business residing within the European Union is eligible to register a .EU domain name.  

To see the list of revoked .EU domain names please go to: http://www.eurid.eu/files/zheng_releaselist.csv