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[ih] Some Questions over IPv4 Ownership

I'm no expert on IP addressing issues, but you may want to consult Laura
DeNardis' new-ish book *Protocol
*I think, however, you're going to get into murky territory when it comes to
attributing the legal status of these things early on.  But I believe the
basic idea is this: because TCP/IP was created at (at first used by)
DDN/ARPA, the administrative authorities for those networks distributed the
addresses (IANA was really just Postel under contract with the DoD, though
it is my understanding that the NIC had this duty for a while).*
*In terms of issues with distribution of large IP address blocks of
different classes, again, DeNardis does a really good job breaking it down
in her book.  It's a quick read too -- you can probably pound through it in
a day.
On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 9:59 PM, Ernie Rubi <ernesto at cs.fiu.edu> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I am in the process of writing a research paper for an Internet Law seminar
> at FIU Law and have a few questions for those of you with enough
> institutional memory to remember how IPv4 address allocations were first
> handed out:
> 1.  Who 'owned' IP addresses ab initio?  Were IP addresses 'property' of
> any one entity or person or agency?  What is the authority ICANN /  IANA had
> to allocate these addresses if they are not 'theirs.'
> 2.  Initially, were large blocks of IPv4 addresses 'handed out' with a
> complete ownership interest to their recipients?  For example, when you
> received an /16, was it yours to transfer to         other entities if you
> pleased?  Could you have transferred sub-allocations of your /16 to other
> entities who weren't your customers/connectors?
> 3.  Were the initial IPv4 allocations rolled into RIRs/ICANN at any point?
> If so, under what legal framework?
> Thanks all for your thoughts/comments,
> Ernesto M. Rubi
> Sr. Network Engineer
> Florida International Univ, Miami
> Reply-to: ernesto at cs.fiu.edu

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