[arin-ppml] ARIN IPs and Spammers? => Need for Governance

John Von Stein John at qxccommunications.com
Sat Nov 8 18:26:32 EST 2014

Very simple …

Use a preliminary panel of experts like a Grand Jury to render an opinion if the case merits a deeper look via an official judge/arbitrator.  This is how commodity trading disputes get resolved quickly.  The decision of the arbitrator is binding under the SRO rules.  The general guidelines of what is okay vs. not okay will quickly get defined with the first few cases.  Obviously for there to be a case in the first place then someone must have complained and had enough data to back it up.  The Grand jury applies the rule “I will know it if I see it”.   A deep history of case decisions will be a much better definition than what anyone could possibly craft in a few paragraphs.

Thank you,
John W. Von Stein

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From: McTim [mailto:dogwallah at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, November 8, 2014 2:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] ARIN IPs and Spammers? => Need for Governance

On Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM, John Von Stein <John at qxccommunications.com<mailto:John at qxccommunications.com>> wrote:
This does not need to be “eye for an eye” enforcement.

Just like a speeding, beyond the safety issues involved the deterrent against doing it partially the cost of the fine and the increased insurance premium but mostly is the fear of losing the privilege, not the right, to drive.  Repeated or an egregious offense will lead to someone’s driver’s license being revoked.

If we define the use of IP addresses as a privilege, not a right, granted by ARIN then it is possible to build Acceptable Use rules on that founding principle.

Possible, yes, but is it desirable?

So far no RIR policy community has gotten into the deeply murky issue of content regulation (which is what many would call it if we were to create an anti-spam policy).
You are free to write such a policy and see if you can get agreement from the community.


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel
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