Nortel, in bankruptcy, sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million
bensons at queuefull.net
Thu Mar 24 22:53:12 CDT 2011
On Mar 24, 2011, at 9:59 PM, Jimmy Hess wrote:
> So I wonder.... rhetorically speaking.. what happens when a bankruptcy
> court accidentally sells something that doesn't actually exist,
> Because that's what IP addresses are. Totally worthless unless community
> participants voluntarily route traffic for those IPs to the assignee.
There are a small number of examples, of intellectual property that exists solely by convention and yet has value. But you're correct: the property structure of IP addresses is ambiguous. We never had to define it because we had free supply, but times are changing.
> Meaning if MS has an RSA in force, all their resources should be compliant
> with ARIN policies, and all transfer policies should be followed with regards
> to justified need.
If I recall correctly, the ARIN RSA only applies to resources acquired from ARIN. It's a contract for ARIN services and doesn't cover legacy blocks, blocks from other RIRs, etc - it doesn't automatically extend ARIN's authority.
On Mar 24, 2011, at 10:34 PM, Marshall Eubanks wrote:
> If ARIN reassigned the space, and Microsoft continued to announce it anyway, would either announcing entity be have enough of a critical mass
> that the conflict wouldn't matter to it ?
> I would submit that any address assignments with continual major operational issues arising from assignment conflicts would not be very attractive.
> I also don't think that that would be good for the Internet.
I agree. Which is why ARIN should keep their Whois updated with accurate data, rather than fighting for control of resources beyond RSA scope.
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