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

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Fri Feb 12 13:34:39 EST 2010


On 12 Feb 2010 11:43, William Herrin wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Member Services <info at arin.net> wrote:
>   
>> Policy Proposal 108: Eliminate the term license in the NRPM
>>     
> David.
>
> Unless this proposal was instigated at counsel's request, you may want
> to consider letting sleeping dogs lie.

Agreed.  ARIN has excellent counsel and attempting to do his job for him
is a waste of both our time and his.  If he doesn't have a problem with
the existing policy, few if any of us on PPML are qualified to
second-guess him.

If this proposal _was_ requested by counsel, that should be clearly
stated in the text so that folks can view it in the appropriate light
when considering whether to support or oppose it.

> The US has a public policy tradition dating back to before there was a US that anything of value can and should be ownable and owned by everyday citizens.

Such as human beings?  Not all traditions are good ones.

> ARIN practice is out of step with that tradition.
>   

I don't see it that way.  Numbers are "facts of nature" and one _cannot_
own them (though some fraudsters might try to convince you otherwise to
make a quick buck).  What ARIN deals with are slots in a registration
database, and as the owner of that database ARIN can do whatever it
wants with those slots.  If a property owner decides to rent its
property out rather than sell it, that doesn't contradict public policy
in any way.  In fact, this is perfectly in line with how one (in effect,
if not precisely) rents ZIP codes, phone numbers, radio frequencies,
Social Security Numbers, etc.

S

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