|Introduced||Not officially introduced; proposed in 2010|
|TLD type||Proposed top-level domain|
|Registry||dotFree Group s.r.o.|
|Sponsor||dotFree Group s.r.o|
|Intended use||See article|
|Actual use||Not in use yet, as it is unapproved and not in root|
|Structure||Registrations would be taken directly at second level|
According to the dotFree Group s.r.o. organization .free will allow every individual to register free domain names under .free 
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.
Conflicting use in alternative DNS Roots
A .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."
It is possible to pre-register .free domains, but after registering any domain it's still shown as available.
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.
- "dotFree’s “free” domain names explained".
- "WHAT ARE .FREE DOMAINS?".
- "Microsoft Takes Down Another Botnet". Retrieved September 28, 2011.
- "Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case". Retrieved October 26, 2011.
- The initiative for .free (.free official site)
- .Free -ICANN Wiki
- Interview with dotFree chief executive Dominique Piatti, which covers the basics of the business model and contains a few surprises.
- New gTLD initiatives that are known to exist
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