[OpenAFS] transarc.com

ted creedon tcreedon@easystreet.com
Tue, 27 Sep 2005 12:58:36 -0700

>If "Transarc" is a trademark or is copyrighted, IBM still owns the domain.

>There is a procedure to rectify this.


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Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:40 PM
To: ed; Chris Crowther
Cc: openafs-info@openafs.org; Jeffrey Hutzelman
Subject: Re: [OpenAFS] transarc.com

On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 05:36:24 PM +0100 ed <ed@ednevitible.co.uk>

> On Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:18:38 +0100
> Chris Crowther <chris@jm-crowther.co.uk> wrote:
>> 	Probably because Transarc doesn't exist anymore.  Even the
>> 	sub-domain
>> for transarc under ibm.com is gone.  It's formally IBM Pittsburgh 
>> Labs, as far as I know.
> Isn't a domain name classed as assets though?

This question is so vaguely phrased as to be meaningless, but...
Domain names are not property and cannot be owned.

> The domain itself hasn't yet expired since 1989, I guess they must 
> have sold it rather than let it expire, or the registrar sold it prior 
> to expiry.

I'm not sure how you get "hasn't expired since 1989".  The record was
_created_ in 1989; that doesn't mean it hasn't ever been expired in the time
since then.  However, the system currently in place allows for a registrar
to reassign a name with essentially no grace period, once it expires.

Had I known IBM was uninterested in maintaining the transarc.com domain and
making it point someplace useful, I would have done something about it.  I
doubt they resold it directly, based on the hoops we had to go through a few
years ago to get central.org transferred.

-- Jeffrey T. Hutzelman (N3NHS) <jhutz+@cmu.edu>
   Sr. Research Systems Programmer
   School of Computer Science - Research Computing Facility
   Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA

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