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[rpd] inputs on IPv4 Inter-RIR policy proposals - AFRINIC needs this policy now!

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Jul 2 00:22:38 UTC 2019

A slight clarification…

Legacy resources are those resources issued prior to the creation of the RIR system.

ORGs are all organizations in the WHOIS database.

Resources only remain in “legacy” status until they become subject to an RSA with an RIR.

In most regions, that happens any time the resource is transferred. (RIPE is the notable exception).

In all cases, resources which are returned to the free pool become non-legacy at that time.

In addition, if a legacy resource holder chooses to sign an RSA with an RIR covering their legacy resources, they are no longer legacy.

There’s really nothing special about legacy resources beyond the ability to get some services from RIRs without paying.


> On Jul 1, 2019, at 2:45 PM, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at> wrote:
> In message <CAD_dc6io8-L+O+Y8BZ=LSOmyzeRXRfeizv2uYK09GO0wxRxLSQ at>
> Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at> wrote:
>>> One small question:  Should there be an exact one-to-one correspondance
>>> between the set of ORGs which have Afrinic number resources allocations,
>>> according to the Afrinic WHOIS data base, and the list of members, as
>>> given on the Afrinic web site?  (ref:
>> SO: AFRINIC whois will contain not just resource member information but
>> also the legacy space holders.
> Ahhhhh!  Yes.  Thank you.
> So in theory, at least, "A" should be exactly equal to "B" plus "C",
> where "A" is the set of all Afrinic resource holding ORGs, as listed
> in the Afrinic WHOIS data base, and "B" is the set of all Afrinic members,
> as listed on the Afrinic web site, and "C" is the set of all legacy
> ORGs/holders, correct?
> (Still wondering if there is s simple, programatic way to derive the
> set "C".)
> Regards,
> rfg
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