IP Ownership and Domain Names

@ At 08:23 AM 3/10/97 +1000, Geoff Huston wrote:
@ >Of course this scenario breaks down quickly..
@ >
@ >Listed registrant A "sells" to B who "sells" to C who...
@ >
@ >Now the sucker who "buys" from C has the problem of tracing authenticity
@ >of the "title" C is selling. This is not easy, particularly if B is less
@ >than scrupulous and has "sold" title to a number of folk including
@ >C, or if C is unscrupulous and is "selling" without have concluded
@ >and transaction with B.
@ This can easily be solved in a number of ways. For example, a public key
@ could be publicly associated with each address. A transfer is accomplished
@ by signing a message to that effect. Similarly -- and very importantly --
@ control over routing of that address is also governed by that
@ private/public key pair. There's more to this protocol than I've
@ described, but it can be made to work.

You could also handle it just like "domain names"....

Does AT&T "own"....ATT.COM ?

Does AT&T "own"....

  135.IN-ADDR.ARPA ?

How about...
  12.IP4.INT ?
  135.IP4.INT ?

are those registered....?

FL AT&T ITS (NET-ATT-135-0-0-0-B)