[arin-ppml] Results of Transfer Proposal Survey

Scott Leibrand sleibrand at internap.com
Wed Aug 27 02:08:40 EDT 2008


You write:

> We confess that we are unsure what it means to “pre-qualify” a seller.
> It seems self-evident that in an environment of increasing IPv4 address
> scarcity, any organization wants to give up their addresses to a willing
> buyer should be encouraged to do so. If “pre-qualification” simply means
> that sellers must show that they are actually the legitimate holder of
> address resources they are selling, then it is a good idea, but it would
> be better to call it “authentication.”

The intent behind the question was that pre-qualification on the 
transferor side would consist of authentication, plus (assuming there is a 
consensus for it as hinted in the responses to #3) some sort of 
contractual agreement, such as an RSA or LRSA, concerning the addresses. 
Having such a contract in place backs the authentication process up with 
some legal teeth, and increases everyone's confidence in the authenticity 
of the relationship between the addresses and the organization offering 
them for transfer.  Similarly, pre-qualification requires that the 
organization goes through that process before they list the space for 
transfer on a listing service (or eBay), so that potential recipients know 
that the person offering to transfer the space has a legitimate right to 
do so.


Milton L Mueller wrote:
> An assessment of the ARIN survey is up at the IGP blog.
> http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2008/8/26/3856632.html
> Milton Mueller
> Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
> XS4All Professor, Delft University of Technology
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