Re FPIs for RFCs

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Mon Dec 1 20:05:08 GMT 1997

> From: Terry Allen <tallen at>

> It's still not your name space, and you shouldn't be assigning names
> within it.  Try that trick with some commercial company's DNS name
> and you'll be hearing from their lawyers - properly.  Qualms or not, 
> don't intrude.

On what grounds?  "owner"ship in the ISO 9070 sense is not a property 
right. Otherwise people could not use ISBN numbers in FPIs, for the same
reason. It is merely because there is no convenient noun for "person/
thing belonged to".

And in any case, I would not do it for private data, because it would be
rude.  Constructing an FPI which reflects a public archive is not
rude, nor does it violate any ownership rights.  (Do you have any legal
cases or laws that suggest otherwise?  I would be interested to find
out more, since presumably the same thing would effect URLs and URNs.)

Rick Jelliffe

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