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And so it ends...

On Feb 3, 2011, at 9:30 AM, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:

> On Feb 3, 2011, at 10:11 AM, Jon Lewis wrote:
>> The real fun's going to be over the next several years as the RIR's become irrelevant in the acquisition of scarce IPv4 resources...and things become less stable as lots of orgs rush to implement a strange new IP version.
> Supposedly[*] transfers between private entities are still supposed to be justified to the local RIRs.  (At least that's how it works in ARIN's area.)

That's what the RIR might say.  But without legal authority (e.g. under contract, as a regulator, or through statutory authority) it is difficult or impossible to enforce.

We can talk about how people "should" return addresses, or "should" justify transfers, etc, but we would only be begging.  Transfers will take place outside the RIR scope, because RIR transfer/market policy doesn't accommodate reality.

Or, we can fix policy..?