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

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 08:44:37 -0400
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To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>

On Sep 30, 2004, at 1:03 AM, Karl Dubost wrote:

> Le 29 sept. 2004, à 23:30, Joshua Allen a écrit :
>>> Le 29 sept. 2004, à 05:47, Joshua Allen a écrit :
>>>> A larger percentage of Americans "own" their homes today than ever
>>>> before, but only so long as they continue making mortgage payments.
>>> counter example, that in France, if you don't have enough
>>> resources, your taxes are cut.
>> How is that relevant?  It's exactly the same in the U.S.
>> Regardless; people with mortgages *own* their homes, just as people 
>> with registered domain names *own* their domain names.  There is 
>> nothing confusing about this.  The distinction is just as clear for 
>> French as for English.
> I still disagree you don't own your domain name. You own your land. 
> There's a fixed price to it. When you inherit it you don't pay for it, 
> etc.

Interesting analogy. *Actually*, with land:
- You pay a price when you inherit it. (estate tax)
- You pay a fee every year. (real estate tax)
- If you default on those payments, the town repossesses the land in 
order to pay the back taxes.

So "ownership" in the sense of land is not incompatible with having to 
pay some authority for the upkeep of the infrastructure.

The actual payment situation is similar to the relationship between dan 
and gandi, which is normally called rental.  The term "owner" gives 
more emphasis to the rights of the owner.

> You don't own a domain name. I'm sorry. I don't know how to explain.

Your connection with it is very tenuous compared to land - but it is a 
matter of degree.

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