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- Subject: "xurl?
- From: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 12 Nov 95 10:15:14 JST
- Cc: marlene@xxxxxxxxxx, reg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, avatar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, sle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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XANABULLETIN, to the new Xanadu community
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One of the policy questions right now is:
At what level should there be a protocol difference for
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of WWW, with whom Marlene and I
had a wonderful long evening a few weeks ago, insists
that any transcopyright protocol should be a subclass
of http. (Which he designed to be extensible.
But two of my collaborators, Roger Gregory and Sam Epstein,
think that transcopyright protocol should be recognizably
different at the top level, eg
or the like,
in order to make it very clear to anybody who sees it
that they're not just free to download it. Transcopyrighted
material needs to be obtained on whatever basis
the rightsholder mandates. It should be treated
quite differently, especially put in little cubby-
or pigeonholes piece by piece, and composited only
on the screen.
Putting it under a special new class of url would also
allow us to bunch a number of different forms of
transcopyright and Xanadu services separately under
that protocol name, extensibly, and separate from
the issues that concern the other Websters.