[arin-ppml] Microsoft receives court approval for transfer as agreed with ARIN
jmaimon at chl.com
Thu Apr 28 14:13:00 EDT 2011
Michel Py wrote:
> A precedent has been created. A court of law has ruled that legacy
> prefixes were sellable assets (at least, in a bankruptcy context).
I am not certain I understand why ARIN had to get involved at all.
They can sell each other whatever they want. How does it have bearing on
ARIN's database of registration unless the parties involved reach out to
ARIN and follow ARIN's policies?
How does a sale of something|anything|nothing between two external
parties involve ARIN's property, the registration database?
ARIN does not own any integers, just a database of associations between
integers and other data.
Now granted, ARIN has an interest that the parties involved do bring the
matter to ARIN, so that its registration database maintains the highest
degree of relevancy possible, but I still do not understand how a court
authorized sale between Microsoft and Nortel would carry with it
obligations on ARIN.
In short, just because party A sells something to party B does not carry
with it rights to property from unrelated party C, whether or not the
item of value has no|less|more value based upon the actions of party C
upon its own property.
If a party misrepresents the value of some integers by characterizing
them as holding the value imbued to a set of integers by an unrelated
third party, I should think that would be fraud.
If I were maintaining a database on my web site of some set of integers
that were associated with various entities and two of those entities
decided that these integers had value and sold their integers to each
other, how does that in any way obligate me to modify my database?
Did they sell integers or did they sell an ARIN contract?
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