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.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
On Behalf Of Jeffrey Hutzelman
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:40 PM
To: ed; Chris Crowther
Cc: email@example.com; Jeffrey Hutzelman
Subject: Re: [OpenAFS] transarc.com
On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 05:36:24 PM +0100 ed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> On Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:18:38 +0100
> Chris Crowther <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Probably because Transarc doesn't exist anymore. Even the
>> 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) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sr. Research Systems Programmer
School of Computer Science - Research Computing Facility
Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
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