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

George Bonser gbonser at seven.com
Thu Feb 18 01:02:22 EST 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net]
> Behalf Of James Hess
> Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 108: Eliminate the term
> licenseinthe NRPM
> On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM,  <michael.dillon at bt.com> wrote:
> >> > Not if you understand the history of IP addressing. They
> >> have always
> >> > been loaned out to organizations who have technical
> >> A loan is a conditional transfer of property rights.
> > I did not say "a loan was made", I said they have been
> > loaned out. Whether or not this loaning out constitutes

> It's a bit confusing to say IP addresses aren't property, and then use
> words like "lend" that imply they are  property that  someone
> temporarily confers, instead of selling or transferring, okay.

I would say that they are community property and that the use of it is
assigned according to rules set by the community.

It is simply an agreed upon assignment of a resource and that assignment
can be revoked if the use of that resource is no longer within the
guidelines set by the community.

So it wouldn't be a "license" and it wouldn't be a transfer of
ownership.  It would be an assignment.  And that assignment is
conditional upon various criteria being met.

Maybe an analog would be water allotments in the Western US.  You would
have certain "water rights" but they could be modified by whatever
agency issues those allotments.

I like the words "allotment" or "assignment" better.


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