Tag line {{{tagline}}}
Introduced  ?
TLD type alternative Top Level Domain
Status active
Registry OpenNIC
Sponsoring organization {{{sponsor}}}
Intended use provide namespace, certificate authority, and other services to encourage the non-commercial use of the internet
Actual use active use, but only reachable through DNS configured to query OpenNIC infrastructure
Documents {{{documents}}}
Dispute policies OpenNIC
Web site {{{website}}}

.free TLD is currently in operation by the OpenNIC alternative DNS root project to "provide namespace, certificate authority, and other services to encourage the non-commercial use of the internet."[1]

Discontinued ICANN proposal

.free (dotFree) was a proposed new top-level domain (TLD). On 18 November 2013, .free and 25 other TLDs were announced to be ineligible.[2] The Domain does not exist any more. It was intended to be a sponsored top-level domain free top level domain.

The plans according to the dotFree Group s.r.o. organization .free would have allowed every individual to register free domain names under .free [3]

Along with TLDs such as .travel, .asia and .eu, .free and other proposed TLDs fall into the new category of GeoTLDs. The issue of new top level domains in general has been discussed at various ICANN meetings since 2005.

A rationale offered by proponents of the .free proposal is as follows:

The initiative for the top-level domain .free is supported by a multitude of companies and individuals and is the first initiative for top-level domains which will be 100% free. The .free top-level domain will give people from all over the world the chance to own their free top-level domain and offers companies the chance to market their products with the .free domain extension. The .free community is run by the dotFree Group s.r.o. – a Czech start-up company, but also of supporters spread around the world and of people who support the idea of freedom.[4]


It is possible to pre-register .free domains, but after registering any domain it is still shown as available.

Microsoft has accused dotFREE Group SRO of running the Kelihos botnet that Microsoft shut down on September 28, 2011.[5]

Microsoft has reached a settlement with defendants Dominique Alexander Piatti and his company, dotFREE Group SRO the 26 October 2011, and dismissed the lawsuit against them pursuant to the agreement. Mr. Piatti and dotFree Group will continue to work with Microsoft to become a role model for the free domain industry, establishing industry best practices in the domain space.[6]

See also

  • .tk Another free top-level domain


  2. Reports for Alternate Path to Delegation Published. ICANN (November 17, 2013). Retrieved on September 10, 2014.
  3. Murphy, Kevin (August 12, 2010). dotFree’s "free" domain names explained. Domain Incite. Retrieved on September 10, 2014.
  4. WHAT ARE .FREE DOMAINS?.[dead link]
  5. Microsoft Takes Down Another Botnet. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  6. Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case. Official Microsoft Blog (October 26, 2011). Retrieved on September 10, 2014.

External links

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article .free, that was deleted or is being discussed for deletion, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Author(s): Be..anyone Search for ".free" on Google
View Wikipedia's deletion log of ".free"