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

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Sun Feb 21 13:02:06 EST 2010

From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of George Bonser [gbonser at seven.com]

>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.

Dear George:
Here's a brief selection from an article by a legal expert on water rights law: 

"The scarcity of water in the Rocky Mountain and southwestern states has led to the development of a system of water allocation very different from that which exists in regions graced with more abundant rainfall. Rights to water are established by actual use of the water, and maintained by continued use and need. Water rights are treated similarly to rights to real property, can be conveyed, mortgaged, and encumbered in the same manner, all independently of the land on which the water originates, or on which it is used. The following is a summary of the legal framework governing water rights in the arid areas of the country." 

http://library.findlaw.com/1999/Jan/1/241492.html if you want to read more

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