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

Seth Johnson seth.p.johnson at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 20:05:55 EDT 2015

That would be credit, negotiability, etc.  Not a right in information.

On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 7:29 PM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin
> --
> William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
> Owner, Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>

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