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    Re: Judge Holds Domain Names are Not Property
    by Anonymous on Tuesday August 14 2001, @04:38AM (#1817)
    The domain names are valuable no matter
    you think it is property or not, especially
    those domain names individuals and corporations
    invest lots of cash to do business with.

    There is a way to secure the internet operation and
    increase the government revenue, that is, make it law that
    domain names are property once registered. In this way, the
    domain registrars and registries will have less power
    to abuse the registrants. Because of this law, governments
    will have fine excuses to collect property tax on domain

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    Re: Judge Holds Domain Names are Not Property
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Tuesday August 14 2001, @05:06AM (#1819)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/

    The judge made the right decision here. Domain names are not, strictly speaking, property of the registrants -- the fact that you must renew them indicates that they are really being rented rather than owned. You, as a registrant, gain some contractual rights over the name in question, but not true "ownership". In fact, RFC 1591, the closest thing that exists to an "official" statement of what the creators of the domain name system intended, has the rather idealistic statement: "Concerns about "rights" and "ownership" of domains are inappropriate. It is appropriate to be concerned about "responsibilities" and "service" to the community." This sentiment came from the notion that the domain namespace was a resource for the community, not property to be speculated in, which unfortunately has a quaintly archaic ring these days.

    At any rate, the issue in that particular case was that somebody was suing a registrar for putting the registrar's default page, with ads for the registrar and its sponsors, on the website reachable by the domain registered by the plaintiff, which he claimed was a violation of his ownership rights to the domain. This is a really silly suit, since if he had paid the slightest attention to where the domain was pointed when he registered it, and subsequently, he could have easily made it go to anywhere else he desired; the registrar page was merely the default, not a mandatory page. It seems he's asking the court to punish the registrar for the registrant's own technical ignorance.

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    Re: Judge Holds Domain Names are Not Property
    by Anonymous on Friday August 31 2001, @06:27AM (#2080)


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    Re: Judge Holds Domain Names are Not Property
    by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Monday May 13 2002, @02:09AM (#6274)
    User #3359 Info | http://www.ad2000d.co.uk/
    This is really stupid.

    Something OWNED (ie, PURCHASED) by somebody is THEIR PROPERTY.

    Some of these Judges and Panelists need their heads examining!
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    Re: Judge Holds Domain Names are Not Property
    by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Tuesday June 04 2002, @11:28PM (#6838)
    User #3359 Info | http://www.ad2000d.co.uk/
    Has the judge never heard of INTELLECTUAL P-R-O-P-E-R-T-Y or domain-name real estate...?

    Does he even know what the word D-O-M-A-I-N means...??

    Land. Estate. Possession. Property.

    That Judge should clearly be either disbarred or made to eat his words!
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