[arin-ppml] On USG 'granting of rights' (was: ARIN-PPML 2015-2)

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Wed Jun 3 19:29:48 EDT 2015

On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 6:42 PM, Seth Johnson <seth.p.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't think you'll find very much in the way of common law rights to
> information as such.  It kinda has to be a statute to start with --
> and statutes giving property in information aren't really something
> that happens much, except in the areas you mention -- which were
> accorded to Congress to grant.

Hi Seth,

Common Law Intangible Property is so firmly embedded in your everyday
activities, you probably don't even know its there.

Take a bank check, for example. You hold a bank check written out to
you for $100. What do you own? Do you own a slip of paper? No, that's
silly. You own a promise of payment in the amount of $100, as
documented by the bank check.

That promise is a form of property called "documentary intangible
property." You won't find a statute defining a bank check. That's
because it derives from common-law precedent, not from any statute
that was ever written.

Anyway, look it up. Common Law.  Documentary Intangible Property. We
live our lives atop a huge base of law which never came from any
legislature and most of us don't even realize it.

Bill Herrin

William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
Owner, Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>

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