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AFNIC publishes new issue paper on "The Secondary Market in Domain Names"

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The secondary market in domain names is still regarded as “confidential�?. Just a few record deals, like the sale of “�? and its associated website for almost €600,000 euros early in 2010, have drawn commentators’ attention to this strategic market. Those spectacular examples, though, give only a partial picture of the real trends in terms of numbers of deals.
The whole market is sometimes disparaged as “mere speculation�?, but in fact there are real economic issues at stake for businesses, which cannot nowadays afford to regard domain names as anything other than intangible assets of primary importance.
After all, it is one thing to know the price of a domain name, but quite another to understand its real value.
For further information about the secondary market in domain names, please download the complete issue paper here:
For further information about the issue papers already published by AFNIC, please visit:

(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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About Afnic

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.

In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.

Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.