In message <20120201201012.GE10680 () hiwaay net>, Chris Adams writes:
Once upon a time, George Bonser <gbonser () seven com> said:
Let's say I had a business in space in a building I was leasing at 100 Main
Street, Podunk, USA. Now let's say you didn't renew the lease so I moved to
a building up the block but put the 100 Main Street address on my new locati
on and continued to use that address for my business.
That's covered under trespassing laws.
Or let's say I operated a TV station on channel 37 that was allocated to yo
u but you terminate my operating contract. So I lease/erect a new transmitte
r and continue broadcasting on channel 37.
That's covered under FCC regulations on use of public spectrum.
AFAIK there's no law covering the use of what party X considers their 32
bit numbers (assigned by party A) by party Y.
If you present a false letter of authority you are committing fraud.
If you continue to use address after the lease is up it is trespass
/ theft / breach of contract.
I'm sure there are lots more laws that can apply. Counterfieting,
wire fraud. Breaches of various Telecommunication Acts, etc. You
might have juristictional issues.
In the case of the Internet we have a authority for handing out
numbers for use on the Internet (IANA). Courts all over the world
do recognise that authority directly or indirectly by recognising
There are enough analogs in common law to almost everything that
happens on the Internet for there to no be the need for specific
"Internet" laws. It's just that having a "Internet" law makes it
easier to prosecute.