[arin-ppml] ARIN-prop-136 Services Opt-out Allowed for Unaffiliated Address Blocks

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Fri Feb 25 13:15:02 EST 2011

On 2/25/2011 10:07 AM, John Curran wrote:
> On Feb 26, 2011, at 1:54 AM, Matthew Kaufman wrote:
>>> ARIN has full authority to manage entries in the
>>> ARIN Whois database.
>> I keep reading this as "ARIN has full authority to remove entries that are currently in the ARIN whois database and (re-)assign the addresses that now appear to be free as a result to new holders"... Am I wrong?
> You are correct, if by full authority you mean legal authority.
> I will immediately note that there are many things one can do
> that is legal that may not be proper, particularly if one is a
> non-profit serving a particular mission and which has agreed to
> serve as part of the global number registry system.
> It's actually quite similar to the question that came up earlier,
> when someone asked if the Board developed policy or did the
> community.  The fact is that the Board certainly has the ability
> to make policy, but we've adopted a policy development process
> which greatly encourages that policy is developed by the Internet
> community via a particular open and transparent process.  What
> is normally appropriate to do in order to serve the mission is
> often a subset of the full range of actions which are simply
> allowed by law.
> So, in the case of the particular reassignment that you propose,
> I will note that we have done that on occasion, but generally
> only as a result of a resource fraud report when we determine
> that the original resource holder is defunct and the addresses
> have been hijacked.  To do so simply because an registration
> was out of date and pointed to the original resource holder
> (despite obvious use by an unrelated party now) would require
> very clear direction from the community, and obviously would
> conflict with several policy proposals that have been made
> recently.

John, the community has given clear direction that such resources,
when brought to your attention, are to be marked as bogus in whois.
In fact, you are SUPPOSED to be seeking out and marking these
as such.

Or is there some clarity issue with section 3.6.1 of the NRPM?


> Hope this helps,
> /John
> John Curran
> President and CEO
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