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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv6 Allocations to Non-Profit Networks

SM sm at
Thu Jan 15 00:54:07 UTC 2009

At 10:14 14-01-2009, David Conrad wrote:
>Is AfriNIC a non-profit according to the laws of Mauritius?  According
>to its by-laws:
>"3.1 The Company shall be a private company limited by guarantee."

It's incorporated as a company.  "limited" is the equivalent of a LLC.

>Quite the contrary.  I'm saying that unlike in the US, the legal
>definition of 'non-profit' varies from one legal jurisdiction to
>another and that this policy would place a non-trivial burden of
>determining whether a requester (or member?) is a 'non-profit' on a
>small staff with limited resources (which this policy would
>exacerbate) who (I assume) have limited knowledge of the legal
>definition of 'non-profit' in the various legal venues in their
>service area.  Given there is no agreed upon legal definition of 
>"non- profit", this policy would create vast grey area that AfriNIC staff
>would need to wade through and make subjective judgement calls.  Seems
>like a bad idea to me.

AfriNIC comprises several countries; some of them have legal 
frameworks similar to European countries with changes to take into 
account the local environment.  Their concept of non-profit may be 
different from the US IRS 501(c)(3).

If members want such a policy, then the requirements to qualify as 
"non-profit" have to be clearly defined.


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