It seems that a famous song has spawn a phone number for sale on ebay,...and at the time of this post, is up to $41,000
This is going to change everything I think.
For the longest time I never understood why a domain name for a website can be considered property, even though it is rented, yet a phone number is
not considered property you can sell.
So this guy is a New York lawyer, that is selling the number.
I can only imagine he may have to test the waters of current law, or regulations preventing any sale or transfer.
Verison, who the number is leased from, apparently has been asked about this transfer of ownership. Their responce is, "no question: It cant.
Individuals do not have ownership of the numbers given to them, so their right to the number cant be sold."
This is where it gets interesting.
This lawyer that is auctioning the number states on his auction page...
"Number portability has allowed me to put this up for sale."
I smell a big lawsuit coming soon.
It has been 'upheld' that property ownership rights of domain names is enforcable to the leasee. But this may be the moment where the phone
companies lose the hold on the phone number arrays they control.
And if one ensue's, this would also mean trademark rights could be applied to the phone number, and a company could sue to get a particular number,
becouse the hold the trademark name that the number would spell out on the phone pad on your handsets.
Isnt that how the internet works?
All connections are numbers?
But domains are bought (leased) to give the number an alphanumeric equivelent?