[arin-ppml] ARIN / Microsoft press release regarding IP address Transfers

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Fri Apr 15 18:27:23 EDT 2011

On 15-Apr-11 16:24, Leo Bicknell wrote:
> I'm glad to see Microsoft is bringing these IP's into the fold, which
> I presume also means they have demonstrated need as the policy requires.

The press release explicitly states "Microsoft has followed the Internet
community's adopted policies for such transfers" and "The transfer of IP
resources to Microsoft took place using this relatively new policy."  I
see no reason to suspect otherwise.

That won't stop the tin-foil-hat crowd from having a field day with it,

> However, the result to me is even more confusion. If Microsoft could
> demonstrate need they could have gotten the IP's from ARIN under the
> usual fee structure, which if the reporting is right is significantly
> less than what they paid. Microsoft is smart enough to not over pay
> for such things.
> I think there's still an untold story in this transaction.

Did Microsoft actually pay Nortel $7.5M in cash, or was it a swap for
bad debt?  If the latter, I think Microsoft came out ahead; most of
Nortel's creditors will get nothing.


Stephen Sprunk         "God does not play dice."  --Albert Einstein
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K5SSS        dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking

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