Should you seek to register a .DE second level domain name you, the registrant, must also agree to the terms of the .DE registration terms and conditions in German (an English translation is provided for the convenience of English speakers, but the terms as found in the German agreement are the authoritative and legally binding terms).
You should be aware that the terms of registering second level domain in the .DE namespace are not well documented. For example, fees for a second level domain registration in the .DE namespace are charged on a monthly basis. Registrars, however, may provide fee payment services which would allow you to pre-pay for longer time periods. If you pre-pay for a longer period of time, you will not be given a refund by this registrar if you elect to cancel your registration prior to the end of your pre-paid period. Also, a second level domain registration in the .DE namespace is for life, though you may cancel your registration by providing one month's notice to DENIC. If you do not cancel your registration and you stop paying the required registration fees through this registrar, then this registrar will stop making payments to DENIC on your behalf, at which time DENIC may attempt to bill you directly (and not through this registrar). After a certain period of non-payment, DENIC may then terminate your domain name registration, though it is not clear to this author whether you would also be released from the requirement that you pay the registration fees incurred prior to termination by DENIC. If you stop paying the required registration fees, this registrar may, but is not required to, terminate your .DE domain name registration on your behalf. It is not clear to this author where these terms are spelled out for prospective .DE registrants, so you are encouraged to perform your own due diligence to your own satisfaction before making the decision to register a second level domain registration in the .DE namespace.
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