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Re: A plea for peace. was: RE: DAML+OIL (March 2001) released: a correction

From: David Allsopp <dallsopp@signal.dera.gov.uk>
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 15:48:33 +0100
Message-ID: <3AD1CBC1.B601715@signal.dera.gov.uk>
CC: RDF Logic <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>

Aaron Swartz wrote:

> > No; NAMES allow people to give things names. Do you seriously think
> > that people didn't give things names before the Web came along?
> Of course, but often these names were meant multiple things or slightly
> different things to different people. There is no authority to define the
> "meaning" of a word. However, it is clear who defines the meaning of a URI
> -- its "owner".

I don't understand - who 'owns' an arbitrary URI?

for example, http://www.microsoft.com/ is clearly owned by MS, but who
owns http://ludicrously.long.domain.name.I.just.invented/, or
http://www.pixeltronic.com/ which may or may not be a real company (I
haven't checked!), or urn:A23B67B675BErandomlygeneratedgibberish or


David Allsopp.

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