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technocrat.net: What's In A Name?

Jan 01, 2000, 15:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Darren Humphrey)

"... I've been wondering about the validity of the whole concept of someone being able to "own" a name. Over the last thousand years or so, the value of a name has evolved from ensuring the living of skilled craftsmen to the point where the control of an entry in a database can be worth millions. It certainly has been an interesting experiment, but perhaps it's time for something new?"

"... with the rise of the internet, control of a name means a corporation is able to create or promote a brand name around the world, almost instantly. Entire fortunes are won or lost by the control of names. Control of names is more valuable than ever."

"My question is: should we continue down this path that is so obviously frought with peril for personal liberty? What can be done to preserve personal liberty and protect corporate interests?"

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