| > My point was that you can make your own publisher prefix without
| > getting permission from, or paying an annual fee to, a naming
| > authority.
| Of course, when you discover that the European division of
| Sun Life's software division has been using SUN:SUNSOFT as an owner
| identifier for several years, you'll wish there had been a registry, and
| all the trademark lawyers in Washington couldn't win you that battle :-)
This is a question of internal coordination. We deal with much more
difficult coordination problems than this one.
| This is why the ISBN is used. [...]
I don't see anything magic about ISBNs that will prevent people from
misusing them. I only see recourse after the fact.