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Re: Can a customer take IP's with them?
On Wed, 23 Jun 2004 15:48:14 MDT, John Neiberger <John.Neiberger@efirstbank.com> said: > IANAL, but it appears that from a contractual perspective it is clear > that ARIN retains all 'ownership' rights to the address space. They > subdivide it to those who are willing to contractually agree to their > conditions, but the ownership is never transferred. I would think that > that is an important distinction to make. IANAL either, but I believe that ARIN doesn't claim to own 32-bit integers. What they're providing is a *registry service* to keep track of what entities are using what ranges of 32-bit integers, to prevent duplication. There's no *requirement* that you use any particular address range, except that by community agreement, nobody wants to deal with non-registered addresses. If ARIN actually *owned* the address space, we'd not have the perennial flame-war regarding 1918-space source addresses on the global net - everybody would do a really fast and good job of implementing ingress/egress filtering because ARIN could sue you for using their addresses... :)