And so it ends...
bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com
Thu Feb 3 16:34:35 CST 2011
> Subject: Re: And so it ends...
> From: Ernie Rubi <ernesto at cs.fiu.edu>
> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:08:50 -0500
> To: David Conrad <drc at virtualized.org>
> Cc: NANOG list <nanog at nanog.org>
> Way off topic here...and into the legal arena:
> As to the monopoly classification, do you think, at least with ARIN
> (since it is a US/Virginia corporation) that Sherman Act 2 (i.e.
> antitrust) principles could be applied to require that it relinquish some
> of the control over said IP space/database and act in a more competitive
Abssolutely *NOT*. their unique status derives from the actions of a
contractor "faithfully executing" it's duties on the behalf of the U.S.
Gov't. 'Antitrust' does not apply to the Gov't, nor to those acting
on its behalf, nor to anyone operating a government-sanctioned monopoly.
> What about the other RIRs worldwide?
They're outside U.S. jurisdiction. Sherman Acg 2 is irrelevant to their
Even _if_ they were held to be subject to U.S. jurisdiction the prior
logic would apply to them as well.
> I'm not an antitrust
> but there may be an issue there.
> > No. First, "IANA" does not exist. The term "IANA" now refers to a
> > series of functions currently performed under contract from the US
> > Dept. of Commerce, NTIA by ICANN. As such it can't declare anything.
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