Class "B" IP BLOCK

Stephen Sprunk stephen at
Tue Apr 29 21:07:11 UTC 2003

Thus spake "Stephen J. Wilcox" <steve at>
> Well, the issue is they are not assets, how do you sell something you
> dont own? If you receive money, how do you transfer the asset? Do
> you have some kind of bond certificate or something??!

You create a subsidiary and transfer the allocation to it.  You then sell
the subsidiary to another party, who then transfers the allocation to its
new parent and dissolves.

Of course, getting ARIN to change the "owner" is notoriously difficult even
for legitimate changes.  If the DNS servers for the in-addr zones happen to
be in that block, you really don't even need to involve ARIN at all unless
the buyer's ISP cares enough to look at the allocation.

> Oh, how do you demonstrate you possess this asset and its value to\
> your accountant?

You claim a value and your auditor agrees.  See also: Enron

Seriously, that's standard practice for unmarketable or volatile items.


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