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Re: freenet URIs and URI ownership

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 14:30:14 -0500
Message-ID: <3DDD3446.520196B@mitre.org>
To: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
CC: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org

Jeremy--

Sorry, but you *still* need to explain what the problem is better.  For
one thing, you need to explain the connection between being responsible
for defining the meaning of URIs and being responsible for certain
statements or other things those URIs might refer to.  A URI is a *name*
for something, not the something itself.  If there's a slanderous
statement made by a person X, say the statement "Joe is a bozo", person
Y doesn't become responsible for that statement by giving it a name, say
"the_Joe_is_a_bozo_statement", and saying, in effect, "that's the name I
use when I refer to that slanderous statement made by X".  Similarly, I
can use the name "the Monroe Doctrine" without, I hope, being mistaken
for Monroe.  

--Frank

Jeremy Carroll wrote:
> 
> Frank asked me to explain what the problem was better ...
> 
> DanC's news URI is perhaps a better ownerless example.
> 
> With the freenet ones it's perhaps a wording problem:
> 
> >
> > [[
> > The social conventions surrounding use of RDF include the idea
> > that each URI
> > 'belongs to' somebody who has authority and responsibility for
> > defining its
> > meaning.
> 
> Perhaps changing this wording to explicitly talk about URLs allows the owner
> to retain anonymity ... As is, this wording permits the Mr Example to
> publish a press release (not on the web) to announce the meaning of
> http://www.example.com/ .
> 
> Hmmm ... maybe I am reading this too closely.
> 
> Jeremy

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