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'''.free''' is a [[gTLD|generic top-level domain name]] managed and operated by the [[dotFree Group]] s.r.o., a start-up services provider offering software development, internet and free domain name registration from the Czech Republic.<ref>[http://www.dotfreegroup.com dotfreegroup.com]</ref>
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'''.free''' is a proposed new [[gTLD|generic top-level domain name]] to [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]].
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.free is offered at no cost to all interested companies, individuals and organizations around the world. The pre-registration for the .Free domain started in October, 2010; and it is one of the few companies accepting pre-registrations while awaiting the approval of its application from [[ICANN]] to be included in the [[DNS]] root system. More than 160 thousand registrants have already reserved their desired domain names.
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==Applicants==
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# [[Amazon]]-
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# [[Donuts]] (Over Keep, LLC)-
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# [[Google]] ([[Charleston Road Registry Inc.]])
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# [[Top Level Domain Holdings]]
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# [[Uniregistry]], Corp.
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==Objective==
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==dotFree Group Initiative==
The main objective of the .free gTLD is to improve the information exchange and interaction among individuals and to promote development and innovation in the Internet community worldwide. Furthermore, the .free domain also aims to give individuals and companies the opportunity to create their own trademark without spending a cent.  
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The .free TLD is currently managed and operated by the [[dotFree Group]] s.r.o., a start-up services provider offering software development, internet and free domain name registration from the Czech Republic.<ref>[http://www.dotfreegroup.com dotfreegroup.com]</ref>
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==Launch Procedure==
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The company offered registrations of .free domain names without cost to all interested companies, individuals and organizations around the world. The pre-registration for the .Free domain started in October, 2010; and it is one of the few companies accepting pre-registrations while awaiting the approval of its application from [[ICANN]] to be included in the [[DNS]] root system. More than 160 thousand registrants have already reserved their desired domain names.
.free implements a 4-step procedure to ensure that users will have equal opportunity to claim their desired domain names and to protect their trademarks and [[Intellectual Property|intellectual property]] rights.
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The launch procedure adheres to the latest industry standards and the [[dotFree Group]] s.r.o makes sure that their procedure is regularly updated to be able to offer the highest quality services to their users. <ref>[http://www.dotfree.com dotfree.com]</ref>
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Its main objective for the .free gTLD is to improve the information exchange and interaction among individuals and to promote development and innovation in the Internet community worldwide and to give individuals and companies the opportunity to create their own trademark without spending a cent.
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===Launch Procedure===  
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dotFree Group implements a 4-step procedure to ensure that users will have equal opportunity to claim their desired domain names and to protect their trademarks and [[Intellectual Property|intellectual property]] rights. The launch procedure adheres to the latest industry standards and the [[dotFree Group]] s.r.o makes sure that their procedure is regularly updated to be able to offer the highest quality services to their users. <ref>[http://www.dotfree.com dotfree.com]</ref>
    
1.'''Preregistration Period'''- The preregistration period is ongoing, however registrants will not be able to claim premium domain names and trademarks. Premium domain names and trademarks will be open for registration during the [[Sunrise Period|Sunrise]] and [[Landrush Period|Landrush]] period. Domains that have been preregistered many times will be resolved and allocated during the Landrush period.  
 
1.'''Preregistration Period'''- The preregistration period is ongoing, however registrants will not be able to claim premium domain names and trademarks. Premium domain names and trademarks will be open for registration during the [[Sunrise Period|Sunrise]] and [[Landrush Period|Landrush]] period. Domains that have been preregistered many times will be resolved and allocated during the Landrush period.  
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4.'''General Availability'''- .free domains will be open to the public worldwide and it will be granted on a first come per serve basis through the dotFree registration, an [[ICANN]] accredited websites, and .free domain authorized resellers after the Sunrise and Landrush periods, with an exception for the premium domains.
 
4.'''General Availability'''- .free domains will be open to the public worldwide and it will be granted on a first come per serve basis through the dotFree registration, an [[ICANN]] accredited websites, and .free domain authorized resellers after the Sunrise and Landrush periods, with an exception for the premium domains.
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The company did not submit an application to ICANN.
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