[CRISP-TEAM] Draft response/position: IANA IPR issues

Alan Barrett apb at cequrux.com
Wed Dec 31 14:39:38 CET 2014

On Mon, 29 Dec 2014, Andrei Robachevsky wrote:
>Please find below a description for the IPR issues, along with the
>proposed responses. The IPR issue covers database rights, trademarks as
>well as IANA.ORG, IN-ADDR.ARPA and IP6.ARPA domains.

Thank you.  It's especially useful to have references to
appropriate RFCs and sections of the NTIA IANA contract.

>*Issue: Intellectual Property Rights/IN-ADDR.ARPA and IP6.ARPA domains
>*Background and rationale:
>Contrary to the issue related to IANA.ORG domain the holdership of the
>above domains is with the IAB, aligned with the policy for these
>registries specified in RFC3172 "Management Guidelines & Operational
>Requirements for the Address and Routing Parameter Area Domain
>("arpa")". Specifically, these zones are delegated to IANA by the
>Internet Architecture Board (“IAB”) and “[s]ub-delegations within this
>hierarchy are undertaken in accordance with the IANA’s address
>allocation practices” (RFC3172).
>*Proposed text in the response:
>It is unclear to me if there are any IPR concerns from the RIR
>communities associated with these domains. Especially since this service
>is outside the scope of the NTIA contract. On a separate track, the
>CRISP team may, along with the response, provide a recommendation that
>an MoU between the RIRs and the IETF and IAB is created that will cover
>the overlaps and express the mutual commitment to open and reliable
>operation of the global registry system for the benefit of the community.
>No specific text in the response.

When an end user or RIR receives address space, they also receive an
associated subdomain under IN-ADDR.ARPA or IP6.ARPA.  I think that the
data associated with managing the subdomains under IN-ADDR.ARPA and
IP6.ARPA domains, should be subject to the same intellectual property
considerations as the data associated with the allocation or assignment
of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses (which is also reflected in the WHOIS
database).  I don't have a wording suggestion, but I think that we
should make that point.

I think it's perfectly reasonable for the IAB to cotinue to be the 
registered administrative contact for the .ARPA top-level domain, 
and for the IANA operator to be the technical contact.

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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