3rd level domains

Started by Chiru, Jan 18, 2023, 09:42 AM

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I have already selected the primary domain name for my upcoming informational website. However, I encountered a challenge when I discovered that the desired domain is already taken in the *.fr zone. Nonetheless, there are available domains in the *.gouv.fr and *.nom.fr zones.

My question is whether the same legal regulations apply to these alternative domains as they do to *.fr? Could there be any absurd reasons for dividing or transferring the domain to another owner? Alternatively, would it be more advantageous to register in more stable domains, such as *.net or *.com? I have heard that France's legislation no longer encompasses these domains.

I would like to ascertain the domain name promptly since it is intended for a legitimate venture, without any inappropriate content such as torrent trackers, pŠ¾rnography, or online videos.


As a general rule, if you are employed in .fr and legal complications are unlikely, it is advisable to select a well-known top-level domain (TLD), such as .biz or .info.

However, it is important to note that choosing a third-level domain under the TLD may involve additional complexities due to the administration of the second-level domain in which the third-level domain is purchased.


1. The .com domain zone provides the potential for obtaining a more preferable domain name without the intervention of courts or justification.
2. If the desired brand name is already taken, it is not unique, and may become susceptible to legal issues in France.
3. Pursuing a short, yet incorrect, domain name may be unnecessary, especially with the prevalence of search engines in modern times. A website with appropriate SEO will be discoverable regardless of the domain length.
4. One prudent strategy is to first create a brand logo, followed by an associated domain name, even if it is lengthy. When choosing a .fr domain, opting for unambiguous letters that are easily transliterated is preferable.


The regulations and requirements for domain names can vary depending on the specific domain extension (e.g., .fr, .com, .net).

Regarding the alternative domains you mentioned, such as *.gouv.fr and *.nom.fr, it's possible that different rules or restrictions apply to them compared to the regular *.fr domain. It would be best to consult with the registry or a legal professional to understand the specific regulations for these alternative domain extensions.

As for registering a domain in a more stable or popular extension like *.net or *.com, it is generally a popular choice for many websites since these extensions are widely recognized and used internationally. However, it's important to note that domain availability might still be an issue. Even though France's legislation may not cover these specific extensions, they are still subject to global laws and regulations.

To ensure a smooth and legitimate registration process, it is advisable to pick a domain name that complies with the relevant regulations and policies of the particular domain extension you choose. This includes avoiding inappropriate content as you mentioned, as it could violate the terms of service and lead to potential issues.