Who Owns Your Email Address?

from the such-legal-issues dept

While everyone is trying to figure out how to stop spam, a very interesting legal question is being raised: who actually owns your email address? Is it you? Is it whoever owns the domain name (assuming you don’t own your own domain name)? Is it the internet as a whole? Since many lawsuits involving email seem to rely on property rights issues, this question may become more important over time – and it’s unclear if there’s a really good answer.

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NOBODY (user link) says:

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But we’ve established that users own their cell phone numbers. What about cell phone numbers that have e-mail addresses attatched to them? Why are e-mail addresses any different to begin with? If the e-mail address is property of the user it’s assigned to, can a user “transfer” his e-mail address? Obviously, there are limitations on that. But it’s a good debate.

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