[arin-ppml] ARIN actions regarding address blocks with no valid POCs (was: Re: Deceased Companies?)

Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at tristatelogic.com
Sun Aug 7 02:12:15 EDT 2022

In message <0d9ea1a5-fa43-2576-282c-2a0ca4d1a405 at ipinc.net>, 
Ted Mittelstaedt <tedm at ipinc.net> wrote:

>Nobody not even me is suggesting that.  What I am saying is that the 
>ARIN community has that power.

Yes, the ARIN staff can do whatever the ARIN community directs it to do
with regards to legacy blocks... at least until someone with deep pockets
decides to go to court and seriously fight against whatever the community
decided to do.

I feel sure that it would greatly simplify the lives of both John Curran
and the entire ARIN staff if all of the legacy resources could, without
any consequences, just be returned to inventory.  But I don't see that as
being at all likely, particularly in the case of the non-dead legacy
resources holders, many of which would surely sue.  And here is where
the example of AFRINIC becomes a cautionary tale.

For my own part, I feel entirely content to leave well enough alone when it
comes to non-dead registrants of legacy resources.  Where a legacy resource
is still assigned to a dead/dissolved entity however, I believe that
reclamation is appropriate, and if it were done then it isn't even clear who,
if anyone, would even have standing to sue over that.


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