[arin-ppml] Creating a market for IPv4 address space in absenceof routing table entry market

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Wed Jun 18 09:26:49 EDT 2008

On Jun 18, 2008, at 3:07 AM, <michael.dillon at bt.com> wrote:

>> I don't think anyone who advocates a market in address space
>> thinks that implies ownership of address space.  It implies
>> ownership of the right to use address space (i.e. a license
>> to use that unique set of integers, in the limited context of
>> the IPv4 Internet.)
> If so, then that would be a MAJOR change to the set of rights wich
> currently come with an ARIN allocation. Currently you have a right
> to use those integers in devices which support the Internet Protocol
> version 4. This holds whether or not you connect the set of devices
> to the Internet or not. If you have a need for uniqueness, you can
> apply to ARIN and get addresses. Many companies have done so, often
> to use in VPNs or private internetworks (also called extranets) in
> which companies connect to their trading partners.

As I understand it, there are no rights conveyed. What you receive
is assurance that ARIN, the other cooperating RIRs, and IANA
will not register the same set of integers to someone else.

This turns out to also have the side-effect that since most ISPs
(perhaps even all) cooperate i this same system, those ISPs
tend to recognize that you are the legitimate user of those
addresses on the IPv4 internet if you choose to use them there.


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