[arin-ppml] 2014-2 8.4 Anti-flip Language

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Sat Feb 22 18:06:22 EST 2014

Several options are being discussed regarding this proposal:

1. Use the existing last sentence as is and ask ARIN staff to be particularly watchful for seeming abuse and to bring such back to the community through regular Policy Experience Reports.  There was discussion about this option suggesting that by the time abuse was recognized and reported, and given limited existing free pool stocks and the extended policy development cycle....this option is mute.

2. Remove the clause 'and its subsidiaries' and or modify it in such a way as to mitigate the risk of a laundering of addresses through fraudulent transfers, but potentially limit the utility of organizations who may have complex organizations structures in use internationally.

3. Take an alternative tack and simply restrict the Inter-RIR re-org transfer of the 'recently issued block' only, allowing other existing blocks to be transferred without restriction by recent block acquisition. This alternative seems to have been expressed and supported in the recent Atlanta Public Policy Consultation.

It is my opinion that option 3 is perilous in that it allows a large resource holder to sell off their address space out of region while backfilling from the ARIN free pool.

As such, I am much more comfortable with option 2. One set of language that was suggested which I like is:

“…subsidiaries having been operational for a minimum of 18 months.”

While this might not prevent all possible subsidiary-based rinse-repeat abuse scenarios, it would at least prevent the obvious subsidiary created for this purpose scenario and certainly provides better protections than proposal number 3.

I think option 1 is probably an unfair burden for the ARIN staff and makes policy vague in a way that would be difficult, if not impossible, to reliably enforce and may be even harder to defend in the event of litigation. This is strictly my own opinion as a member of the community and I have not discussed the matter with legal council or even the other members of the AC.


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