[arin-ppml] IPv4 Transfer Policy Change to Keep Whois Accurate
mike at nationwideinc.com
Mon May 23 16:09:28 EDT 2011
>> Do you quibble with my parsing?
>Indeed. To be accurate:
>In 2006, ARIN did not have an agreement with UUNET (or other legacy
>address holders) which would give it authority over their specific
OK, does ARIN have an agreement today (excepting LRSA signers) which would
give it authority over legacy addresses?
>> If I was allocated legacy space and never signed an LRSA, would it be
>> illegal for me to sell those addresses to Company A?
>What *exactly* would you allegedly be selling to Company A? You
>have already indicated that it is not related to Whois, so do you
>believe it is related to Company A's ability to use those numbers
>in the Internet?
Let's just say it's an asset sale, exactly like the one we have on public
record in the MS/Nortel deal.
And the listed assets showed the rights to control a specific netblock.
Would that be a legal transaction?
>> If Company A tried to route those addresses, would that be illegal?
>Not to the best of my knowledge (regardless of the status at ARIN
>and/or whatever Company A thinks they bought from you...)
My legal interpretation seems correct. All I have ever said is that ARIN has
no authority over legacy address holders control rights and cannot stop a
sale of legacy addresses from one party to another, legally.
What ARIN can do is fail to update Whois, and maybe re-allocate them to
somebody else and have Whois reflect the new allocant's information.
You wrote, along with Ray Plzak and ARIN counsel Steve Ryan, in 2008:
This paper demonstrates the heightened need for a consistent
legal and public policy approach to critical management issues
regarding "Internet number resources," which include Internet
Protocol ("IP") addresses and Autonomous System numbers.
I believe that if anything, the need for consistency is even more heightened
now. There is a need for ARIN policy to be consistent with legal policy, in
order to minimize legal conflict, and more importantly, to maintain Whois as
an accurate and reliable registry of who controls what netblocks.
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