[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 108: Eliminate the term license in the NRPM

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Policy Proposal 108: Eliminate the term license in the NRPM

Proposal Originator: David Farmer

Proposal Version: 1.0

Date: 2 February 2010

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: Permanent

Policy statement:

Delete section 6.4.1 and replace with a new section;

1.1 Number resources are not property

To serve the interests of the Internet community as a whole, number
resources are not property (real, personal, or intellectual). The
allocation and assignment of IP addresses, ASNs, and other number
resources are subject to the terms of the ARIN Registration Services
Agreement, the policies in this document, and any amendments as may be
made to either one.

Modify section 11.4 by removing “on a lease/license basis”, leaving the

11.4 Resource Allocation Term and Renewal

The Numbering Resources are allocated for a period of one year. The
allocation can be renewed on application to ARIN providing information
as per Detail One. The identity and details of the applicant and the
allocated Numbering Resources will be published under the conditions of
ARIN's normal publication policy. At the end of the experiment,
resources allocated under this policy will be returned to the available


As part of the discussion of Policy Proposal #106 the issue of the use
of the term “license” in section 6.4.1 and that it is not likely in
harmony with the ARIN Registration Services Agreement was recognized.
The AC feels that this issue is important enough to make it a separate
Draft Policy that stands on its own.

This section could not be fixed by simple editorial changes and it
requires a complete rewrite in order to fix the issues. It was further
recognized that the concept that “Number resources are not property” is
not exclusively an IPv6 issue and should be moved out of section 6, so
that it is clear that it applies to all number resources.

Finally, the rest of the NRPM was searched for any additional uses of
the term “license”. One additional use was found in section 11.4, in
this case deleting it and a few other words surrounding it, fixes the
issue without significantly changing the meaning of the section.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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