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Re: IPv6 news

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Thu Oct 13 04:51:42 2005

> > Maybe its time to have a serious talk about IPv4 commodity trading 
> > Anyone interested in this enough to have a BOF at ARIN/NANOG?
> I, for one, would be very interesting in such a system.  Distribution of 

> commodities is almost universally done best by capital markets. 

There is a slight problem here. Commodities are things which
are bought and sold. In other words, one party has legal 
title to the commodity and transfers that legal title to
another party. Since nobody has legal title to any IPv4
addresses, nobody can sell them in the first place. 

Of course you can get around this by selling the networks
that use the IPv4 addresses, but then you are getting
away from the realm of commodities. A commodity is a 
fairly generic product and networks are far from generic.

--Michael Dillon