Government agency renting or selling IP space

Mel Beckman mel at
Fri Mar 17 00:39:03 UTC 2017


Is there a technically a restriction preventing swiping of this IP space when it's being rented? How is that different from an ISP swiping  its customers that are renting bandwidth?

-mel via cell

> On Mar 16, 2017, at 5:28 PM, Seth Mattinen <sethm at> wrote:
> On 3/16/17 17:19, William Herrin wrote:
>>> There's probably a legal mess around a government entity renting IP
>>> addresses. If the entity is registered as an end user (instead of as
>>> an ISP) then such rentals might also be considered fraudulent.
>> On a purely pragmatic level, it's also an exceedingly bad idea to let
>> a private party who may turn out to be a criminal use IP addresses
>> authentically registered to your government agency to commit crimes.
>> As an end-user, you won't be able to SWIP information about the
>> rental, leading angry law enforcement offers to knock upon your door.
> Or they're the perfect set of addresses to use for criminal purposes.
> ~Seth

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