[arin-ppml] IPv4 Transfer Policy Change to Keep Whois Accurate

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Mon May 23 14:18:29 EDT 2011

On May 21, 2011, at 10:01 AM, Mike Burns wrote:
>  I am basing my interpretation of the law on the words of the head of ARIN

Mike - 
In 2006, ARIN CEO's Ray Plzak said the following in his statement on the 
Kremen matter: 

  'Like other “legacy” address holder’s issued resources before ARIN began, 
   ARIN has never had an agreement with UUNET that would give it authority 
   over those specific resources.'

I am certain that Ray believed those words to be true and accurate at the time
he stated them.  I will point out that he was referring specifically to lack of an 
agreement with that particular legacy holder that would provide the ability to 
unilaterally implement the court's order, and also note that he goes on to state
furthermore that sub-allocations had been made out of those blocks to other
parties uncertain to ARIN.

Based on his statements, you've determined that "ARIN head Plzak declared 
that ARIN does not control legacy addresses."    That's your prerogative, but
it looks to me to be a rather creative generalization of his points.

Unlike Ray, I was at ARIN's inception.  I am also the President and CEO of ARIN 
today, and I have stated for the record that ARIN does not control what IP addresses 
people choose to use in their routers, but we definitely and with full authority control 
the entries in the ARIN Whois DB and that those entries shall be maintained in 
accordance with law and the policies developed by the community. 

Feel free to keep this more current statement  in mind when developing policies 
for this region as it will help reduce your confusion greatly.


John Curran
President and CEO

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