[arin-ppml] 2008-6: Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Mon Sep 29 21:35:39 EDT 2008

Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net 
>> [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of Robert Bonomi
>> If the RIRs are *NOT* in the loop, then what happens is that the RIR database loses touch with reality.  "Name A" is on the books, but the address block is actually being used by "Name B", "Name C", "Name D", and "Name G".  For whom there is _no_ information whatsoever in the database.  Good luck contacting them when _you_ have a problem.
> Why is this a problem?
> If the RIR can't contact them, then the block is determined to be rogue and it becomes available for reassignment.

There is currently no policy that allows ARIN to make such a 
determination or invalidate an "abandoned" assignment for any reason 
other than non-payment of fees -- which most assignments are not subject 
to.  That was part of the original rationale for 2007-14, but so far it 
hasn't gained consensus.

> I cannot prevent people from squatting in that empty house down the street but when property values go up I can buy that lot and bulldoze the house and do what I want with the lot, and the squatters will just have to kiss off.

That depends.  If they've been there long enough, they may be entitled 
to the land under "adverse possession" and the deed you paid for is 


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