[arin-ppml] Change of Use and ARIN (was: Re: AFRINIC And The Stability Of The Internet Number Registry System)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Fri Sep 3 11:43:54 EDT 2021

On 3 Sep 2021, at 1:12 AM, scott at solarnetone.org<mailto:scott at solarnetone.org> wrote:
No one is claiming anything here, everyone is paying a fair market price for
what they are using in a scare market. Owning an asset does not constitute a

Being allocated IP addresses from a RIR does not constitute ownership of an asset, under any circumstances.

Scott –

For purposes of consideration of the nature of IP address blocks in the ARIN region, it is worth noting the following –

1.  The rights provided to parties upon issuance of an IP address block from the ARIN registry can indeed be consider an “asset” of their estate,
2.  Those rights are not "freely held", but are intimately tied to corresponding obligations in the implied or explicit agreement that was made for their issuance.
3.  Courts (probate, bankruptcy, civil,...) may order disposition of such assets – ARIN routinely gets involved in such matters, and explains to the parties & courts the various requirements necessary for transfer in compliance with our policies.
4.  We have many cases where such transfers have occurred, and have never had to update ARIN’s database without adherence to our policies and entry into an RSA by the recipient.

I will also observe by "being issued an IP address block”, the set of rights received by a party is a _limited_ set of rights to the registration entry in the registry database.   There are other rights (e.g. the right to the determine the format and fields of the entire entry - e.g. when we add an abuse contact), the right to require certain portions be published publicly, etc. – these rights are held and administered by ARIN on behalf of the community.

What does this have to do with policy?   The community can determine the policies that apply to resource holders, such as when and how they may be subdivided/leased/etc. The community can decide what reporting obligations are associated with the number resources.  ARIN will enforce clear policy developed by the community in this regard, but otherwise will simply strive to maintain a stable & secure registry (in order to support stable & secure Internet operations.)

To the extent that people have specific policy proposals, please submit them per the following process – https://www.arin.net/participate/policy/pdp/appendix_b/


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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