[AfrICANN-discuss] Internet regulation at national level?

Ben Fuller abutiben at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 11:59:49 SAST 2012

This is a naive position. What happens if Afrinic goes into receivership,
has a court case, or some other legal matter against it? The database might
then become a valuable asset that a court may decide needs to be alienated
as part of a legal settlement. Before making such lofty promises about
"mission and research purposes," it will be a good idea to take a hard look
at the legal issues involved in the jurisdictions where operations take


On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Adiel Akplogan <adiel at afrinic.net> wrote:

> On 2012-11-02, at 12:22 PM, Dr Eberhard W Lisse <el at lisse.na> wrote:
> > RIR data privacy is also an enourmously interesting issue,
> there is a related proposal AFPUB-2012-GEN-002-DRAFT-01 still under
> discussion
> http://afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development/policy-proposals/702-regionalninternetnregistrynprivacy
> > but I was more focused on the "ownership" aspect of the data base.
> >
> > I am not sure whether Adiel's summary statement of it being in the
> public domain, will stand up to challenge, because a non-profit might not
> be allowed to give (such) an asset away unless to other non profits.
> Be reinsured El, AFRINIC is not going to **alienate** its Database unless
> for activities inline with its mission or for research purposes. From where
> the discussion comes from (the WHOIS cleanup policy) my previous comments
> were more into the ability for members/community to freely and openly
> change
> the content of the WHOIS.
> See
> http://afrinic.net/en/library/membership-documents/207-bulk-whois-access-form-
> for more information about Bulk WHOIS request.
> Thanks.
> - a.
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