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And so it ends...

Mr. Rubi - 
   I'm sorry if my answer is not clear. 

   If your question was: "What is the source of ARIN's legal authority to manage the ARIN WHOIS database?"

   then answer is that the database is managed as part of ARIN's mission, per policies established by the community.

   If you're trying to ask a different question, I'm more than happy to answer, but I'd ask that you be more explicit.

Thank you,

John Curran
President and CEO

On Feb 3, 2011, at 1:41 PM, Ernie Rubi wrote:

> I think it's OK to say you cannot/would rather not answer the question, instead of giving a non-answer.  I was trying to follow along with your 'the community acquiescence gives us the legal right to take back legacy IP addresses' argument.
> Cheers,
> Ernie
> On Feb 3, 2011, at 12:58 PM, John Curran wrote:
>> On Feb 3, 2011, at 12:26 PM, Ernie Rubi wrote:
>>> OK so the argument is the 'community' is ARIN's source of legal authority or is it the corporate laws of the State of Virginia?
>> Mr. Rubi - 
>> ARIN operates the ARIN WHOIS database as part of the mission of 
>> organization in serving the community, and we're incorporated in 
>> the State of Virginia as nonstock corporation pursuant to the 
>> Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. Our corporate documents are
>> available here: 
>>  <https://www.arin.net/about_us/corp_docs.html>
>> Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.
>> /John
>> John Curran 
>> President and CEO