[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: Whois Integrity Policy Proposal

John Santos JOHN at egh.com
Wed Aug 20 16:15:43 EDT 2008

On Tue, 19 Aug 2008, Owen DeLong wrote:

> On Aug 19, 2008, at 4:39 PM, John Santos wrote:
> >
> >
> > Exclusivity *IS* a right.  Saying that ARIN promises it won't assign  
> > the
> > same number to someone else and then saying that no rights are  
> > provided
> > is nonsense.  If no right is provided, then ARIN could break its  
> > promise
> > any time it wanted to.
> >
> Not quite.  No rights to the number are provided.  Nothing prevents
> anyone else from using the number.  It just prevents ARIN from
> registering the number to someone else.  (As things currently
> stand, it also happens to prevent other RIRs from registering it
> as well, but, that's cooperation, not a right).
> Sure, if ARIN registers the number to another party as well, they
> have violated their contract with you (if you have an RSA), and
> you then have the right to sue them for breach of contract. However,
> the contract doesn't convey a right.

Right: n. That which a person has a just claim to; power, privilege, etc.
that belongs to a person by law, nature or tradition.

Sure sounds like a right to me.

ARIN would be breaching its contract with the Dept. of Commerce or
IANA  or whatever historically gave it the right to allocate address
space that was not *already* allocated to legacy holders, not with
me, as I have no contract with ARIN.  However, if I were to sign an
LRSA (or get on of the company officers to sign it), ARIN could sieze
my address space tomorrow.  Why?  Because although I easily qualify
for a class C (what I was allocated 16? years ago), I don't have
nearly enough usage to qualify for a /22, which is the minimum
permitted under current rules.  Unless it has changed, the LRSA
says I have to qualify under the current rules to keep my space.

Don't go saying I should be getting my space from my ISP or from
RFC1918...  Most of my hosts fall into what is described as
"Catagory 3" in RFC1918.  And I must not understand the meaning
of the word "static" in the term "Verizon Business FIOS static
address", since they informed us two days ago that our "static"
addresses are changing at midnight on Sept 11.  And no, they
can't tell us what the new addresses are, but if we just keep
following the telephone support system's prompts, we'll eventually
get disconnected, "thank you, your call is important to us."

Fortunately, it is only 5/8th's of our externally visible
addresses that are affected...  I'm not annoyed.  :-(

[... stuf about mail formating; this one looks fine.]

> Owen

John Santos
Evans Griffiths & Hart, Inc.
781-861-0670 ext 539

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