Lightly used IP addresses

Owen DeLong owen at
Sat Aug 14 15:40:28 UTC 2010

On Aug 13, 2010, at 9:33 PM, Franck Martin wrote:

> Funny! 
> On one hand people talk about ARIN providing IP allocation at nearly zero cost and on the other hand talking that ARIN goes after companies that use their allocation for abuse (which has a non trivial cost and potential expensive lawsuits)...
> Do you know what you want?

Let's clarify the definition of abuse in this context. We are not talking about people who use their IPs to abuse the network. We are talking about resource recipients who use their allocations or assignments in contravention to the policies under which they received them (and thus contrary to the RSA which they signed when they received them).

Not that I don't think going after network abuse is worth while, it absolutely is, but, that's not within the current scope of ARIN policy. The community would need to come to consensus on a definition of abuse and the desire for ARIN to take on such a role before it would be possible.

For now, ARIN's role is limited to the administration of the address space in the public trust. That includes taking action to resolve situations where addresses are being used in a manner contrary to the ARIN policies developed by the community.


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