Availability of IDNs announced

Luxembourg
The Luxembourg registry, DNS-LU, has announced various modifications to its Domain Name Charter.
 
As of February 1 2010, it is possible to register internationalized domain names (IDNs) in the '.lu' domain name space. This will enable the registration of domain names with special characters, such as those commonly used in the Luxembourgish, French and German languages.
 
A two-month sunrise period runs from February 1 2010 to March 31 2010. During this period, owners of '.lu' domain names are able to register the equivalent domain names with special characters.
 
DNS-LU will start accepting applications for '.lu' IDNs from the general public on a first-come, first-served basis on April 1 2010.
 
In addition, as of February 1 2010 it is no longer necessary for owners of '.lu' domain names to have an administrative contact based in Luxembourg.
 
Moreover, as of January 1 2011, domain names containing the name of any Luxembourg municipality or village will become available for registration, irrespective of the applicant's nationality and/or residence. Domain names under this category are currently reserved for the relevant local authorities.
  
Finally, DNS-LU has announced that '.lu' domain names which have been rejected under former registration policies and defined as 'temporarily blocked' will become available for registration during 2010. Further details of the release of such domain names, as well as the registration procedure, will be announced by DNS-LU in due course.
 
David Taylor, Lovells LLP, Paris 

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