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Friday, 8 July 2011

You Don't Use It. Can I Have It?

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Let's say, for instance, that I have a Car Registration plate, which is a 'one-off'. Maybe something like BLOGGER, or TEMPLATE, or 007. I thought of it first. I went to the Department of Motor Transport, and ordered the plate, and got it - first. No-one else had wanted it before that time, and I got it. It's mine - as long as I want it. As long as I pay the fees. I don't think I even have to have it attached to a car. Maybe, I'm wrong. Doesn't matter for the sake of this example. I don't even have to have a driver's licence. I can just have that plate - forever!

Or, maybe, I have a very nice Model 'T' Ford car. I don't use it. I just have it in my garage. I don't even wash it, but that's my business. I never get rid of anything. I'm a hoarder. I don't have to use it to keep it. It's mine!

Or, maybe I have a blog - with a unique name (URL) - I don't use it. I just keep it because I once thought I would do some blogging. I didn't, and I have even forgotten I have it - but, I don't want to get rid of it, either. Maybe, I'll start blogging in the future, and I'll have a blog already set up - ready to go!

Now, Mr. or Mrs. Other Person decides that they want a Registration plate called BLOGGER, or a good vintage Model 'T' Ford car, or a blog named , so they decide to pester me with unwanted requests for my Registration plate, my car, or my blog URL. Worse still, they write to the Department of Motor Transport, or to the Ford Motor Company, or to Google, and request that they make some law which will force me to relinquish my possessions.

What right do they have to do that? Well, in my book - NONE!

OK. Let's just keep the subject on blogs, and their URLs. I've even seen one blogger write in to the Forum, suggesting;

"Inactivity of a blog for more than 5 years should be a violation of Blogger's TOS unless the user responds to an automated email after a lengthy period of inactivity thereby saving the blog URL from being recycled."

Blogger clearly states that our blogs are ours - forever!

Blogger doesn't care about the frequency of use, either.

People have NO automatic rights to a URL which is NOT available. Unless you can find some way to cajole the owner into relinquishing the blog's ownership, and that is by transferring that ownership to you, then it's tough luck, Tonto! Move on. Design your own URL. You can't have mine, or someone else's!

You also can't have my Registration plate, nor my Model 'T' Ford! And don't hound me with requests, either!


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