[From: "David Lucifer" <email@example.com> Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:00:16 -0700] > To own something means to control the use of the property and (mainly) to assert the right to use coercive force to prevent others from using the property. What does it mean to use an email address? Sending mail to it? Reading mail from it? Selling it? Publishing it?
Good question. I suppose you should ask those who assert, by virtue of privacy, the "right to use coercive force to prevent others from using" their e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, etc. I would expect that, with the exception of "reading mail from it", they would argue that all the examples you provide constitute use of an e-mail address.
One does not read e-mail from an e-mail address anymore than one reads letters from a mailing address. One reads e-mail from one's e-mail *account*, which is identified by one or more e-mail *addresses*.