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And so it ends...

On Feb 3, 2011, at 6:38 PM, Benson Schliesser wrote:

> Having said that, it should be clear that I view ARIN "reclaiming" legacy addresses that aren't under contract (i.e. LRSA) as fraud, perhaps even in the legal sense of the word.  It might also be considered theft by some.  But outright reclaiming from ongoing address holders isn't a big concern of mine, because I doubt ARIN will go far down that path (if it goes at all).  My real concern is that ARIN might refuse to recognize legacy transfers, fail to update the Whois database, issue RPKI inappropriately, and cause real damage to live networks.  This would be bad for the networks that implement ARIN Whois-based policy, of course.  

Benson - 

ARIN provides legacy holders with WHOIS and IN-ADDR services without charge.
If a legacy holder simply wishes to make use of their resources and maintains 
current directory information, ARIN left them fairly undisturbed since its 

Via the Legacy RSA, ARIN offers contractual assurances to legacy holders of 
ARIN providing these services, as well as certain protections from reclamation 
and policy changes.  Note that ARIN can't allow transfers contrary to the
community-developed policy, so legacy address holders who wish to do more
then just use their resources (e.g. transfer them) are encouraged to get
involved in the community to create policies that match their needs.


John Curran
President and CEO