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  • From: Jeff Taylor <shdwdrgn AT>
  • To: OpenNIC Discuss <discuss AT>
  • Subject: [opennic-discuss] Conflict alert - dotFree
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:21:48 -0600
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JStoker mentioned in the chat channel today that there is a group online at who is attempting to register the .free TLD with ICANN. As far as I can tell, it looks like a legitimate company which is actually going through with registration, although apparently they have already been caught blatantly plagiarizing another website for their content, and there is a lot of speculation that their domains will not be quite as 'free' as they advertise.

Regardless, while there is no guarantee that this company will actually come through with their plan, their website is in fact pre-registering domain names beginning November 1st. Unfortunately, ICANN does not care to listen to groups like OpenNic because we do not pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. *IF* this new TLD does go live, we need to make plans to migrate the OpenNic .free domains to a new TLD.

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