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Protected Domains

Protected Domains

Domains are essentially digital identities. Brand, individuals and firms use their domains and websites to best express themselves and their products. Having the right domain/TLD is extremely crucial in setting the tone. While searching for your Web 3.0 domain/TLD on Freename.io, you may see that it’s protected. What does that mean?

To understand protected domains, you need to understand what domains/TLDs are.

What are domains/TLDs

There are two categories. Top-Level Domain (TLD) and Second-Level Domain (SLD). Imagine you want to start your own consultancy. You want your website to be “ABC.consultancy”. Your SLD would be “ABC”, and your TLD would be “.consultancy”.

Web 3 domains/TLDs are the same as Web 2. The only difference is that ICANN has no control over Web 3 domains. Web 3 TLDs from Freename.io help empower users through:

  1. Decentralization
  2. Customizability
  3. Freedom
  4. Passive income

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Why are domains/TLDs protected?

When Freename.io tell you that a domain/TLD is protected, it means that someone else has already purchased it. Why is it that freename’s security protocols help protect other people’s domains/TLDs? This is because of two reasons:

Privacy. Freename.io leverages blockchain infrastructures to ensure that no single name is repeated, registered, or minted twice. This protects Freename users by protecting their identity, as these protected domains/TLDs are already associated with a brand, organization, or notable person. Freename trademarks further empower users by juridically protecting their Web 3 TLDs and Logo, worldwide.

Web 3 TLDs can be very valuable. Web 3 TLDs and Domains can be considered smart investments. Freename gives users the platform to help build passive income. Users can generate income by hypothesizing which big brands would join the Web 3 space next. Big corporations like Fifa are starting to make their transition into Web 3. If you bought the Web 3 TLD “.FIFA”, you would be protected by Freename if FIFA tried acquiring that Web 3 TLD. Unlike other Web 3 registrars, Freename.io also helps users earn royalties from minting TLDs.

How to value a domain

Did you know, “000.eth” sold for 300 ETH? Some domains can range from $8 to $30 million! Before acquiring your own Web 3 domain/TLD, it is useful to understand how to value your options. The bad news is, there is no ‘one size fits all’ way of evaluating. The good news? Understanding key characteristics and factors can help you make your decision with more conviction.

Every domain has a price range, not a fixed price. They all are distinct and their worth can depend heavily on the person/business’s identity. For businesses, having the right domain translates their product and professionalism. For them, it could potentially have either a positive or a negative impact on the future of the business. Their domains can represent the priceless effort they have put into their business.

There are other quantifiable factors that can value a domain and TLDs. Some factors include language, length, niche, market, google trends, TLDs, etc. Finding “exact match domains” can help you understand how noteworthy a domain is. For example, if a carwash were to buy a domain, it would be in their interest to have ‘carwash’ somewhere written. The same can be said for Web 3 TLDs. Imagine in a few years where local businesses all around the world start accepting cryptocurrency. Minting a Web 3 TLD such as “.carwash” from Freename.io would help you generate passive income once carwashes start registering domains on your TLD. With freename, you would be entitled to 50% royalties for every carwash registered.

Freename Trademarks

Now that you know how to value domains, your next question would be “how can i protect my domain/TLD?”

Trademarks help you take legal action against those using your domain/TLD without your permission. This is where Freename trademark service comes in**.** Freename Web3 TLD trademark registration provides legal protection for your domain name and logo worldwide. For six months after you submit your trademark application to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE.ch), your Web3 TLD will be safeguarded everywhere around the globe. You can also decide which countries to register your trademark.

How can I apply for a Freename Trademark?

Its very simple. Only requires 5 steps:

  1. Get in touch with Freename’s trademark department.
  2. Provide your KYC, list of TLDs you want to trademark and proof of payment
  3. Your trademark will be filed for you to the IGE/IPI for a review
  4. You will receive 6-months of protection worldwide in less than a week!
  5. The Swiss trademark service fee begins at $1,500 for a single mark

Protecting your trademark is a very important step. Whether you are getting a trademark for business purposes or to generate income, Freename.io offers the best domain name trademark option at the most affordable price. Trademarking your Web 3 domain/TLD will make sure no third party can duplicate it. All your stress and worries about impersonation will be taken care by Freename.

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How does it work?

Accordingly to the day when you will finalise your purchase, you have the right to receive from 1 to 3 NFT Domains for FREE!

Once you have completed your order, within 48h you will automatically receive on www.freename.io platform, in your personal area “portfolio” the randomly assigned NFT Domain/s.

You can chose on which blockchain you want to mint on and minting fee is covered by Freename!


Once you have added your favorite items to the cart, you proceed to “checkout” and add your coupon to the “coupon box”.

Said coupon will instantly do its magic and your due total will drop!


How does it work?

Once you have completed your order, you will automatically receive on www.freename.io platform, in your personal area “portfolio” the randomly assigned NFT Domain value $50 or if you’re lucky a randomly assigned TLD with value $699 (between these: .immersive; .multiverse; .freelancer; .cashback; .hologram)

you can chose on which blockchain you want to mint your NFT Domain/TLD on and minting fee is covered by Freename!


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Why do i Need a Wallet?

Freename domains are blockchain-based assets and would be minted and stored using a wallet. Users are required to mint and manage their domains using a Metamask or Coinbase-configured wallet. It must be a non-custodial wallet, meaning that one must own the private keys to the wallet in order to approve transactions via a signature.

To benefit from Freename Web 3 domains/TLDs, you must have a wallet. This is because Web 3 domains/TLDs are blockchain-based assets. Users can mint and manage their domains using Metamask or Coinbase-configured wallets.

Keep in mind that it must be a non-custodial wallet. You own the private keys to the wallet (in order to approve transactions via a signature).

Are the Domains Associated with ICANN?

ICANN does not manage freename.io domains. Freename.io believes their TLDs/domains must allow customers to operate independently. Freename.io wants to build a utility infrastructure, allowing customers to use their services for valuable and generative purposes. By leveraging blockchain technology, Freename Web 3 domains/TLDs have no centralized authority imposing rules and regulations.

What is a Wallet?

Every blockchain user requires a wallet in order to interact with the network. A wallet is essentially an account on the blockchain where transactions can be sent and received. It is also where one can store blockchain assets such as cryptocurrency or NFTs (non-fungible tokens). There is no personal information associated with a wallet and none is required to create one. A wallet consists of a public key and a private key. The public key can be safely shared with anyone who wishes to send assets to the corresponding wallet, however, the private key should not be shared and is the key to accessing the wallet in the event where access is lost or to create another instance.

A crypto wallet (cryptocurrency wallet) is software or hardware that enables users to store and use cryptocurrency. With cryptocurrencies, there isn’t any actual money to carry around in a wallet. They exist on the blockchain. Similarly to traditional bank transfers, crypto wallets enable users to send and receive cryptocurrencies, NFTs, etc.

A wallet consists of a public key and a private key. To receive assets, you share your public key associated with your wallet. You should NEVER share your private key.

How do i Claim my Earnings from Freename

ou can withdraw revenues generated passively through a cryptocurrency transfer. Connect your cryptocurrency wallet and, once your withdrawal request is confirmed, the desired amount is pulled from Freename’s reserves and conveniently delivered to you!

Claim your earnings by following these steps:

  1. Connect your cryptocurrency wallet to Freename.io
  2. Request a withdrawal
  3. Receive request confirmation
  4. Receive withdrawal directly to your wallet.

Can i Transfer Domains?

Yes. The domain is stored in your cryptocurrency wallet and can be transferred by you after you have minted it. Access your portfolio, select the TLD or Domain you wish to transfer and type the recipient’s address. Afterwards, you must paste the OTP code you received by mail to confirm the transaction. Keep in mind that currently, it is not possible to import the domain that has been transferred, but it will be possible soon!

Yes. Domains are transferable ONLY after a TLD/domain has been minted and stored in a user’s wallet.

To transfer the TLD (or domain), the user must:

  • Access their wallet
  • Select the item they want to transfer
  • Enter the recipient’s address.
  • Confirm the transaction by pasting the OTP received by email

In the future, Freename.io will support importing domains that have been transferred.

What about Trademarks?

Registering a trademark on your Freename Web3 TLD will allow you to protect your web3 TLD and your logo worldwide juridically.

From the moment you deposit a trademark request, your web3 TLD will be protected worldwide for 6 months awaiting for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE.ch) to confirm and register the availability of your TLD.****

A trademark is any symbol, phrase, or word that allows customers to identify a company’s goods or services. Freename is a web3 domain/TLD provider that also provides trademark registration.

A user must reach out to the trademark department to register a trademark. To get your trademark filed for review at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, a user must provide the following:

  1. Complete a Know your customer (KYC)
  2. A list of TLDs they wish to trademark
  3. Proof of payment

Once these conditions are met, it takes one week for the trademark to be reviewed and logo/TLDs to be provided with six months of worldwide protection.

Is Minting the same as Buying?

Purchasing a TLD (or domain) on Freename and minting it on the blockchain are two distinct steps. When you purchase a TLD (or domain), the transaction is recorded in Freename’s database and not on the blockchain. Minting a TLD (or domain) on the blockchain requires a second step: log into the user’s personal area, select the TLD (or domain) and press “mint TLD” (or domain): done! Don’t worry, once you have purchased a Freename domain, no one can take it away from you!

No. Buying and Minting a TLD/domain are two different things.**

Buying **is the process of recording a transaction on Freename’s database and not on the blockchain.

Minting is the process of pushing a user’s domain from Freename.io data onto the public ledger of a blockchain and into a user’s wallet. Giving the user full control over the TLD/domain.

It is very easy to mint a domain/TLD once you purchase it. Simply:

  • Log into your personal area
  • Select the TLD (or domain)
  • Press “mint TLD” (or domain)

What is Domain Minting?

Minting is the process of publishing a Freename domain (or TLD) on the blockchain via your wallet to gain full custody of the domain. This means that the only person that has control over the domain (or TLD) is the person who controls (has access to) the wallet.

Minting is the process of pushing a user’s domain from Freename.io data onto the public ledger of a blockchain and into a user’s wallet. Giving the user full ownership over the domain.

Minting on Freename.io is as simple as the following steps:

  1. Go to the Freename.io website
  2. Enter the TLD/domain you want to buy in the search bar
  3. Add the TLD/domain to your cart
  4. Go to checkout
  5. Create a Freename.io account
  6. Purchase the TLD/domain with cryptocurrency or a credit card
  7. Go to “portfolio and incomes.”
  8. Click on mint TLD/domain

Which domains are Protected?

Protected domains and TLDs are domains and TLDs that we’ve detected are associated with a brand, organization, or notable person. We believe it is important to increase adoption for the next generation of the internet by helping to onboard brands into the Web3 era. If you are interested in applying for a Protected domain, please contact us.

TLDs/Domains associated with a notable person, brand or organization are considered Protected Domains. Protected domains help onboard brands in Web 3 increasing adoption. Protected domains also protect users from others impersonating/stealing their domains.

Reach out to Freename.io to apply for a protected domain.

Why use Freename?

Freename domains are unique by their very nature: only with Freename you can register domains with unique TLDs for your digital identity while passively earning money!

Freename.io is not only the leading TLD and Domains platform in Web 3, but also lets users generate passive income!

Owning a Freename Web 3 TLD entitles users to receive passive income whenever a domain is bought on their TLD. Users can register and mint TLD/domains of their choice if available.

What is a Domain?

A domain name is a string of letters and/or numbers that points to the IP address of the corresponding website. Generally, it is easier to remember a name than a long string of numbers.

A domain name is an address that people type into a browser bar to find a website. It consists of a Top-Level Domain (TLD), everything that comes after the dot, and the Second-Level Domain (SLD), everything that comes before the dot.

For example, “Freename.io” is the domain name, “Freename” is the SLD and “io” is the TLD.

Which Chains are Supported?

Freename has a multi-chain approach. You can choose on which Blockchain to mint your Web3 Domains and TLDs ranging Among Polygon, Cronos, and Binance.

A user can mint a Freename.io domain/TLD on the following blockchains:

  • Polygon
  • Cronos
  • Binance

Freename plans to expand its multi-chain approach by adding blockchains upon which domains can be minted.

Are there Renewal Fees?

No! Once you’ve bought a Freename Domain or TLD, it’s yours forever, no renewal fees ever!

No. There are no renewal fees on Freename.io. Once a user has paid a one-time payment for a domain/TLD, they own it. Forever.

This is the significant advantage of Web 3 domain/TLD over traditional alternatives.

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