I recently paid to register a .de domain name through Dreamhost. I am not German and I am not from Germany, it was just intended for the purpose of URL shortening so that "Finer Side" could become "http://finersi.de".
I don't remember seeing this information when I paid for the domain name but now when I log into the control panel I see this message:
"For .de domains, a German presence is required for either the Registrant or Admin contact information.
Also, DENIC (the central registry for all .de domains) requires that a registered domain have a web hosting plan within thirty days of the registration. If hosting does not exist within the grace period, then DENIC will delete the domain."
I do not need hosting as the domain is just being used for a blog which is hosted for free. What does this information mean for me? The domain name which I have paid for also still shows up as "available" if I search for it on Dreamhost.
Also did I somehow miss the warning message above when I was paying for the domain? Because I really don't remember seeing it.