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# [[Uniregistry]], Corp.- This is one of the 54 new gTLDs filed by the company, which was founded by [[domainer]] [[Frank Schilling]]. Its plan is to operate the .free TLD with a flat pricing, fixed renewal cost and without price increase for the first 5 years. Uniregistry partnered with the [[ISC|Internet Systrems Consortium]] (ISC) to serve as its back-end registry service provider.<ref>
 
# [[Uniregistry]], Corp.- This is one of the 54 new gTLDs filed by the company, which was founded by [[domainer]] [[Frank Schilling]]. Its plan is to operate the .free TLD with a flat pricing, fixed renewal cost and without price increase for the first 5 years. Uniregistry partnered with the [[ISC|Internet Systrems Consortium]] (ISC) to serve as its back-end registry service provider.<ref>
 
[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-845-38175_FREE.html Application number: 1-845-38175 for Uniregistry, Corp.]</ref>
 
[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-845-38175_FREE.html Application number: 1-845-38175 for Uniregistry, Corp.]</ref>
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==dotFree Group Initiative==
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The [[dotFree Group]] s.r.o., a start-up services provider offering software development, internet and free domain name registration from the Czech Republic is managing and operating the pre-registration of .free domain names. <ref>[http://www.dotfreegroup.com dotfreegroup.com]</ref>
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The company had been accepting registrations of .free domain names without cost to all interested companies, individuals and organizations around the world since October, 2010 while awaiting for ICANN's to approval for the delegation of .free TLD in the [[Root Zone|root zone]] of the internet domain name system [[DNS]]. More than 160 thousand registrants have already reserved their desired .free domain names.
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dotFree Group's 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>
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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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2.'''Sunrise Period'''- This is a priority registration period when brand owners are able to register their trademarks to avoid [[cybersquatting]], which is considered a form of internet piracy.<ref>[http://www.citmedialaw.org/sites/citmedialaw.org/files/ACPA%20leg%20history.pdf The Anti Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act]</ref>
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During the Sunrise Period, users are certain that their trademark and intellectual property rights are fully protected and .free will include a dispute resolution mechanism on this period.
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3.'''Landrush Period'''- This follows the Sunrise and it will be open for everybody who preregistered their desired domain. All domains that had been preregistered multiple times by different users will be open for bidding.
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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.
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The company did not submit an application to ICANN.
      
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