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[AfriNIC-rpd] Questions about legacy space

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Thu Jun 28 07:30:53 UTC 2012

Hi Guys,

While not attempting to write a policy on this (yet), I'm trying to figure
out what the community consensus on a certain issue is, which I will state
as a hypothetical for now.

An institution has been using legacy space for 20+ years, and is under the
impression that the space actually belongs to them.  They have always had
full control of the space, used the space, and there have been no problems.

Now, during an exercise, said institution discovers that the space is
actually registered to another institution.

They phone the other institution and the other institution instantly agrees
that the space should be with institution 1, and infact within 60 minutes
issue a letter to this effect.

Now, when asking for the database records to be modified, does this
classify as a transfer or is this just an admin screwup that can be

I think the question here comes down to, what classifies as OWNERSHIP of
legacy space.  Does consistent use for 20 years qualify?

If not, until there is a policy about the transfer of legacy space, how
would one deal with a situation as described above?  Since policies take
time to draft, discuss and ratify.


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