EURid accepted applications for .eu domain names on a limited basis between 7 December 2005 and 6 April 2006, known as the Sunrise period. Only individuals and organisations holding some type of legal protection for a name within a European Union Member State were eligible to apply to register that name as a .eu domain name during that time. Sex.eu received the highest number of applications on the opening day of Sunrise and has been subject to legal dispute since then.
While the resolution of the sex.eu case might get attention because of its possible links to pornography, research published by EURid concludes that pornography accounts for only 0.4% of websites on average, contradicting the commonly held view that the Internet has a large number of pornographic websites.
The .eu Insights report “Website usage trends among top-level domains” is available for download at: http://link.eurid.eu/
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About .eu and EURid
The .eu domain ranks among the ten largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 27 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than three million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity, including Bridgestone, Century 21, Hyundai, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation and the UniCredit Group.
EURid is the not-for-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to operate the .eu top-level domain. EURid works with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official EU languages. With headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), EURid also has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu.