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[AfriNIC-rpd] Questions about legacy space

Badru Ntege ntegeb at
Thu Jun 28 10:06:05 UTC 2012

Hi Andrew


Interesting situation.  I would think in the absence of policy this could be
sorted out by AfriNIC taking care of the interests of both parties.


On the 20 year issue i'm not sure about squatter rights in the world of IP.


From: rpd-bounces at [mailto:rpd-bounces at] On Behalf Of
Andrew Alston
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 10:31 AM
To: rpd at
Subject: [AfriNIC-rpd] Questions about legacy space


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 rectified.


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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