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orders of knowledge 
searching the net for the meaning of property and possession

a) the corporate version "encarta.com"

Property, any object or right that can be owned. Ownership 
involves, first and foremost, possession; in simple 
societies to possess something is to...

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b) the scientific version "britannica.com"

Objects, subjects, and types of possessory interests in 
property Property law has been defined in this article as 
the sum of jural relationships with respect to things and 
things as all tangible things and those intangibles that the 
legal system in question classifies as property. This 
definition creates difficulties when one comes to describe 
property systems generally because it mixes a definition of 
things that is external?

In law, the acquisition of either a considerable degree of 
physical control over a physical thing, such as land or 
chattel, or the legal right to control intangible property, 
such as a credit?with the definite intention of ownership . 
With respect to land and chattel, possession may well have 
started as a physical fact, but possession today is often an 
abstraction. ...

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c) the free version (free as in freeware?) 

[...] What can be property? Not everything can be property; 
only those things which others can economically be excluded 
from can be considered property. Thus the air and the water 
in the sea belong to no one; though once stored in bottles 
or tanks, they can be considered property. Traditionally 
many things existed that did not legally have an owner, such 
as commons (land belonging to nobody in particular, but over 
which commoners had rights). But over centuries and 
millennia law in all societies has tended to develop towards 
reducing the number of things not having clear owners. This 
enables better protection of scarce resources, due to the 
tragedy of the commons. But there are many things today 
which still do not have owners: ideas, seawater, the 
seafloor (though due to the United Nations Convention on the 
Law of the Sea, some of it can now be considered in some 
ways property), celestial bodies, land in Antarctica. The 
human body is, in modern societies, considered something 
which cannot be the property of anyone but the person whose 
body it is. This is in contradistinction to the old practice 
in many societies of chattel slavery, which is almost 
universally considered unjust and illegal today. In many 
ancient legal systems (e.g. early Roman law), religious 
sites (e.g. temples) were considered property of the God or 
Gods they were devoted to. However, religious pluralism 
makes it more convenient to have religious sites owned by 
the religious body that runs them. [...] 

more information: 

- the open version "google.com" ("i feel lucky")

* property WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization 
WIPO, The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 
homepage, entry point for information about industrial 
property and copyright. ... 

* property possession [...] SECTION 1. Section 10-117 of the 
administrative code of the city of New York is hereby 
amended to read as follows: § 10-117. Defacement of 
property, possession, sale and display of aerosol spray 
paint cans, [and] broad tipped markers and etching acid 
prohibited in certain instances. a. No person shall write, 
paint or draw any inscription, figure or mark of any type on 
any public or private building or other structure or any 
other real or personal property owned, operated or 
maintained by a public benefit corporation, the city of New 
York or any agency or instrumentality thereof or by any 
person, firm, or corporation, or any personal property 
maintained on a city street or other city-owned property 
pursuant to a franchise, concession or revocable consent 
granted by the city, unless the express permission of the 
owner or operator of the property has been obtained. [...]

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