IP addresses are now assets

Martin Hannigan hannigan at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 15:16:55 UTC 2011

On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 8:23 AM, Leigh Porter
<leigh.porter at ukbroadband.com> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: John Curran [mailto:jcurran at arin.net]
>> Joly -
>>   Requests are processed according the transfer policies
>>   <https://www.arin.net/policy/nrpm.html#eight>.  If a
>>   request doesn't meet the transfer policy (e.g. the sale
>>   is not to an actual entity that has an operational need
>>   for address space or it is more space than needed for the
>>   next twelve months), then it will be denied.
> Presumably organisations will check this and fake the appropriate paperwork and come up with some plausible excuse for requiring the space within the next 12 months BEFORE they part with their cash.
> It would be most amusing for somebody to buy space, hand over the money and then have ARIN deny the transfer.
> So I do wonder, how is this policy is being enforced and will ARIN be investigating this current news item?

ARIN, on many occasions, has stated that they have no authority over
legacy address space. They made this declaration in the Kamens/sex.com
case. I haven't heard that anything has changed since then.

Nortel/MSN was the first, big, public transaction. There have been
others prior to Nortel. There will be more after Borders.

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