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

John Santos JOHN at egh.com
Tue Sep 30 01:28:50 EDT 2008

If there were a market in movie line positions, the 3rd guy in line could
sell his place.  This means the third guy would have to leave the line
(and go to the end), with the new guy taking his place.  The people after
the new guy would still be in the exact same place in line (4th through
50th.)  The guy who used to be 3rd would now be 51st.  This is like
trading a slot in a sports draft.

The situation you describe is totally different.  The 3rd guy is not only
selling his own place, he is also taking 4th place from the guy behind
him and giving him 5th place, which he took from the the guy 2 back, and
so on to the end of the line.  Everyone else loses one position, the 3rd
guy gains all the profit.  This isn't a market, this is theft.

In IP terms, it would be like someone selling a /24 out of everyone else's
allocation, I.E. selling something he didn't own.

I've read as many bogus analogies on this list as anywhere else on the
Internet, and far more than on most technical lists and news groups.
You would think that professionals dealing with a technical subject
would keep things on a higher plane.

(I don't care if a market is allowed or not, but I think it only makes
sense that if one develops, ARIN has some input to how it operates and
acts in some way to prevent egregious exploitation.)

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

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