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[arin-ppml] SWIPs & IPv6

tvest at eyeconomics.com wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> 
> The same license plate analogy was discussed on the RIPE policy list 
> about six months ago:
> 
>>> On 23 Jul 2009, at 13:14, tvest at eyeconomics.com wrote:
> 
>>> There is almost certainly some sort of clearing house role for the 
>>> RIRs in any address space matrket: authenticating the seller's 
>>> "title" to the space, maintaining up to date registry info and so on. 
>>> However this doesn't have to record prices. For instance the DMV 
>>> doesn't care what someone pays for a car. They do want to know who 
>>> owns it.
>>
>> That's true, but then you don't go to the DMV volutarily. You go because:
>>
>> 1. you are required by law to obtain a special token that indicates 
>> that your vehicle are bona fide -- a token that is clearly visible to 
>> everyone you interact with at all times.
>> 2. guys with the authority to mete out real consequences are 
>> constantly cruising around, looking specifically for missing or 
>> out-of-date tokens.
>> 3. Every driver is aware of (2); some people may occasionally try to 
>> get by without registering, and bad guys know generally don't try to 
>> register stolen vehicles, but everyone is aware that the LEA risk is 
>> real.
>>
>> In the Internet context, not only is each of the above false; in each 
>> case the opposite is true.
> 
> 
> So, I would suggest that one cannot really embrace the license plate 
> parallel unless you also want to embrace all that goes along with it, 

Not only that, but in actual fact it's ridiculously easy to get
license plate data from the DMV.  All you have to do is go down to
the county, pay $200 for a business license, list your occupation
as "mass marketer" then take that to the DMV and they will happily
sell you their entire database of license plate numbers and names
and addresses.

Ted