The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has
announced that registrants will be able to register .CA domain
names comprising accented French characters beginning January 13,
2012. CIRA is introducing support for the full range of French
characters, such as é, û, à, ç,
Every French character variant of a registered .CA domain name
will automatically become part of an administrative bundle. For
example, the bundle for montreal.ca would include
montréal.ca, and the bundle for celinedion.ca would include
Once a domain name is registered, all the variants of that
domain name in the administrative bundle will be automatically
reserved, and will only be available to that registrant. Third
parties cannot register the variants so the introduction of French
characters should not open the floodgates for cybersquatters. So,
for example, the registrant of montreal.ca is the only registrant
entitled to register montréal.ca, and other variants such as
montreàl.ca, montreâl.ca. If the registrant wishes to
use a French variant of its registered .CA domain name, it will
need to register that variant, but no action is required to block
others from registering it. As such, trademark owners that have
registered one .CA domain name will not need to protect or police
all French characters variants of that registered domain name
because all the variants will be reserved for that registrant. That
said, each variant within a bundle that the registrant wants to use
will have to be registered separately, and each registered domain
name in the administrative bundle will have its own lifecycle. All
domain names within an administrative bundle will have to be
registered to the same registrant and with the same registrar.
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