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[AFRINIC-rpd] Academic IPv4 Allocation Policy Second Draft (AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-02)

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Sat Jan 26 15:04:50 UTC 2013

Hi Mark,

I find the wording of this kinda interesting....

 (i) the numbering resources, subject matter of the present agreement, are not property (real, personal or intellectual);
(ii) no proprietary right is being transferred in virtue of this agreement to it;
(iii) it is bestowed with an exclusive right of use of those numbering resources within the ambit of the “need” which it has justified in its application and for no other purpose during the currency of the present agreement;
(iv) transfer of the number resources is strictly prohibited.

Point (i) states that IP addresses are not property in any way...

Points (ii) (iii) and (iv) prohibit various actions on them....

Is there not a pretty glaring conflict here?  If the addresses are not property in any form (and hence by implication do not belong to the assignee, AfriNIC or even IANA), then points 2 - 4 are surely not enforceable, since you can't enforce rules on something that is not property.

(Similar question I asked a few days ago when I pointed out that under US law IP addressing fails to meet the definition of property and cannot be assigned property rights, as it fails on part 2 of the 3 part test they use).


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