[ppml] 2008-2 IPv4 transfer policy

Cliff Bedore cliffb at cjbsys.bdb.com
Thu Mar 13 10:09:34 EDT 2008

After reading lots (and LOTS) of comments on this proposal, it seems to me
that a lot of the problems people have with it revolve around ARIN becoming
actively involved in the transfer(sale) of v4 addresses.  I was concerned
about this also and the only analogy I could come up with was comparing it to
setting up your sister with a blind date versus pimping her out on 14th St.
That's a little extreme but I truly don't think ARIN should actively be
involved in the selling.

I would propose that ARIN not be actively involved in providing lists of
available addresses but only in approving transfers between private parties.  
If the proposal was modified to allow ARIN to approve transfers between
private parties but have nothing to do with the details of the "sale", they
would avoid many of the concerns about property.  In some ways, it would be
like the Motor Vehicle Administration certifying the transfer of an automobile
by issuing a new title.  They are not involved in any of the details of how
the parties met, pricing, financing or anything like that, they just certify
the title transfer as valid. (I know, I know automobiles are property but I
think the idea is still valid.)

People who want addresses will find a way to let the world know they need some
and people who have some to sell will have a way to let buyers know they have
some available (eBay, Craig's list......)  ARIN would still provide the
functions of looking at need, determining validity of the transferees right to
the numbers being transferred etc. (i.e. like MVA saying the sellor has a
valid right to sell).  I think this simplifies ARIN's job and keeps them out
of the commodities business.


Cliff Bedore
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