Geolocation: IPv4 Subnet blocked by HULU, and others

Jima nanog at jima.us
Wed Dec 27 23:11:02 CST 2017


On 2017-12-27 15:50, William Herrin wrote:
> Net 196/8 is part of the swamp. Just speculating, but perhaps the 
> original registration of 196.53.96.0/22 <http://196.53.96.0/22> 
> pre-dated the reassignment of 196/8 to AfriNIC?

Maybe? This snippet from WHOIS kind of nags at me, though:

inetnum:        196.52.0.0 - 196.55.255.255
netname:        LogicWeb-Inc
descr:          LogicWeb Inc.
descr:          3003 Woodbridge Ave
descr:          Edison, NJ 08837
country:        ZA

Why South Africa if it's a legacy block? It looks like that stems from 
delegated-afrinic-extended, though:

afrinic|ZA|ipv4|196.52.0.0|262144|19951009|allocated|F36E02F6

To your point, there are 42 entries dated 1995 in 196/8 -- 37 of them 
marked as ZA -- so maybe you're right that it's a relic of a bygone era. 
That relic might explain the uphill battle the OP has experienced, 
though -- Hulu (et al) might be using the RIRs' own data to populate 
their ACLs.

And who can blame them? From my understanding, the video content owners 
often have restrictive requirements in their licensing agreements, which 
is also why Hulu can't just ask the users their locations (per Laszlo's 
email). Weird corner cases abound, but it sounds like someone dropped 
the ball on getting this corrected. Tsk.

- Jima


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