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RE: URI Renting Re: minutes: TAG teleconference 2004-09-13 for review

From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 02:47:40 -0700
Message-ID: <0E36FD96D96FCA4AA8E8F2D199320E52030EF26B@RED-MSG-43.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>, "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: <www-tag@w3.org>

> DanC: the gandi.net  contract has me owning dm93.org, not renting
> SKW: I made a  comment that might be relevant to KD 005 """
> Could you explain how do you own something you have to pay on 
> a permanent basis? This is not only a technical issue here, 
> but a philosophical/social one, with many implications.

Nearly every category of "property" is subject to taxation, leins, or
eminent domain claims.  Ownership is never forever.  If we restrict the
definition of ownership to include only those things which cannot be
taken away by the community, then ownership has no meaning.

A larger percentage of Americans "own" their homes today than ever
before, but only so long as they continue making mortgage payments.  And
those people who do not owe money to the bank still must pay property
tax each year if they wish to continue the privilege of "owning" their
homes.  You could argue that these home "owners" are really renting, but
there really *is* a difference.  And it's a useful ditinction to make.
It's not really useful to obliterate the semantic distinction between
owning and renting.
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