FW: I/internet

Subject: FW: I/internet
From: "Gil Yaker" <gyaker -at- designdata -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 09:10:22 -0500


When I worked at WorldCom in a cube roughly 50' away from Vint Cerf's
office, I figured most of the common knowledge around the floor was
Internet gospel. And for us it was a very big deal to talk about the
"big eye Internet." So I use the cap.


> December 29, 2002
> Who Owns the Internet? You and i Do
> Time to ask Robert Kahn, who is as responsible as anyone for
> the creation of the Internet, having helped plan the original
> network that preceded it and having created, with Vinton
> Cerf, the language of computer networks, known as TCP/IP,
> that allowed the vast knitting-together of systems that gave
> birth to the modern medium.

> He cares deeply about the name, having led a fight for years
> to ensure that its use is not restricted or abused by the
> corporation that received the trademark in 1989.

> A settlement was reached two years ago with the company now
> known as Concord EFS. The company agreed that it would not
> dun people who used the word, which meant that "Internet" now
> belongs to everybody, Mr. Kahn said.

> "We defended the right of people to use the word `Internet'
> for what we think of as the Internet," he said.

> THAT was the important fight, according to Mr. Kahn. "Whether
> you use a cap I or little I" hardly matters, he said.

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