Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)

David Megginson david at
Mon May 31 15:21:34 BST 1999

James Tauber writes:

 > But is there a retrievable document at the end of that URL? If not,
 > why use an http scheme?

Internet Common Law 101.

As I've mentioned in earlier postings, in practice people acquire
rights to virtual property on the Internet based on the following

1. Domain (i.e.
2. Branch (i.e. /sprynet/dmeggins/)
3. Protocol (i.e. HTTP)
4. Time (i.e. March 1997-??)

As many have pointed out, there are potential problems with #4, but it
is still absolutely required to refer to the protocol somehow, since I
do not have the rights for the same domain and branch with, say,
Gopher or FTP.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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