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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:
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(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).
Further information.