[arin-ppml] Legacy Space authority

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Mon May 5 14:50:36 EDT 2008

> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net 
> [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of Kevin Kargel
> Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 11:27 AM
> To: ppml at arin.net
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Legacy Space authority
>> >> The ICJ in The Hague is extremely unlikely to take up an IP
>> addressing case until WIPO has weighed in on it.  And I find 
>> that very unlikely, if they were going to do that, they would 
>> have done it when they extended copyright over Internet domain names.
>> Ah, but WIPO has no problem ruling on DNS issues..  Such as 
>> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2002/d2002-0029.html
>> and 
>> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2000/d2000-1581.html
>> or even 
>> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2001/dtv2001

> WIPO refers to "Internet Address" synonomously with "Domain Name" and
> it as a "human >friendly form" of the numeric Internet Protocol address.

> WIPO came dangerously close to making a statement about IP numerical
addressing as property in
> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/processes/process1/rfc/3/interim2_ch1.html

> I do not think it is a far stretch to imagine that WIPO will make a
finding should
> a well defined case be presented to them concerning internet numbers.

Oh, I'm sure if someone pushed them against a wall they would make a finding
that IP addresses are NOT property.

Despite what The Disney Company would like, not everything is copyrightable
for an indefinite period of time.

Imagine if WIPO found IP addresses were property and subject to copyright.
Based on that precident you would have a perfect argument for saying that
telephone numbers are also property.  So now when a business moves cross
country their phone number including the area code is required to go with

Or even better than phone numbers, street addresses.  One Microsoft Way for
example, - if they moved, the receiving city would be legally required to
change the street name - and what happens to all the other businesses on
the same street who -also- have copyrighted street addresses.

Oh, sure, have WIPO go out there and rule that IP addresses are property.

Then watch WIPO become totally irrelevant as the legal implications
of the decision sink in - and the world's governments start ignoring them.


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