Policies for historical Internet resources in the APNIC Whois Database

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Title: Policies for historical Internet resources in the APNIC Whois Database
Short title: draft-historical-resource-policies
Document ref: draft-historical-resource-policies Version: 004
Date of original publication: 19 January 2005 Date of this version: 24 May 2010
Review scheduled: n/a Obsoletes: Previous versions
Status: Draft Comments: n/a

Table of contents

1. Introduction

This document describes the policies and procedures for the management of historical resource registrations in the APNIC Whois Database.

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2. Definitions

2.1 Current resources

Current resources are Internet resources registered by APNIC under explicit policies and agreements. Resources include public IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, Autonomous System numbers, and reverse DNS delegations.

 

2.2 Historical resources

Historical resources are Internet resources registered under early registry policies without formal agreements and include:

  • Registrations transferred to APNIC as part of the AUNIC to APNIC migration
    • Some historical resource registrations have been inherited by APNIC from the former AUNIC address registry. A list of resources transferred to APNIC as part of the migration is available in the section about the AUNIC to APNIC migration.
  • Registrations transferred as part of the Early Registration Transfer (ERX) project
    • Most historical registrations were initially made by the global registries that predated ARIN, such as DDN-NIC, SRI-NIC, and InterNIC. ARIN inherited these registrations automatically when it was established. Historical registrations made to organizations in the APNIC region were transferred to APNIC during 2003 and 2004 as part of the RIRs' Early Registration Transfer (ERX) project. A list of resources transferred to APNIC as part of the ERX project is available.
  • Historical APNIC resources
    • Historical APNIC resources were delegated to organizations by APNIC prior to the introduction of a membership structure. These resources have always been registered in the APNIC Whois Database, but if the resource holder did not become an APNIC member at any time after the introduction of the membership structure, the resources were not made subject to current APNIC policies.

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3. Principles of Internet resource management

Historical resources were often delegated to organizations in a policy environment quite different to those in use today. Historical resource holders should be aware of the current goals of Internet resource management. More information on the current policy environment can be found in sections 5 and 6 of Policies for IPv4 address space management in the Asia Pacific region at http://www.apnic.net/policy/add-manage-policy.

This document contains additional policies which specifically apply to historical resources.

 

3.1 Utilization of historical IPv4 address space

Utilization of historical IPv4 address space is taken into account when any organization holding historical IPv4 addresses requests more IPv4 from APNIC.

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4. Protecting historical records in the APNIC Whois Database

APNIC will protect all registrations of historical resources with the APNIC-HM maintainer, a practice consistent with the management of current resources.

To ensure integrity of information, APNIC will not update historical information in the APNIC Whois Database until the resource holder demonstrates the organization's right to the resources and enters a formal agreement with APNIC either as a member or non-member account holder.

4.1 Procedure for updating registrations

To request an update to a historical resource registration, the following steps take place:

  1. The resource holder contacts APNIC.
  2. APNIC verifies the organization is the legitimate holder of the resources.
  3. APNIC updates the historical resource registration in the APNIC Whois Database.

Detailed information on these steps is available on the Maintenance of historical Internet resources page.

Please note that resource holders will not be able to update registration information if they fail to pay the fees associated with their APNIC membership or non-member account.

Historical resource holders with a current APNIC account have access to MyAPNIC, which allows organizations to manage their resources and account information via a secure website.

4.2 Policies applicable to updated historical resources

Historical resources that are updated under this policy are subject to the registration requirements as specified in section 5.1.2 of Policies for IPv4 address space management in the Asia Pacific region at http://www.apnic.net/policy/add-manage-policy.

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5. Recovery of unused address space

A significant amount of historical address space registered in the APNIC Whois Database is not announced to the global routing table. To recover these globally unrouted resources and place them back in the free pool for reallocation to other networks, APNIC will contact networks responsible for historical address space in the APNIC region that has not been globally routed since 1 January 1998.

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6 Recovery of unused historical Autonomous System numbers

A significant amount of historical Autonomous System (AS) numbers registered in the APNIC Whois Database is not announced to the global routing table. To recover these globally unrouted resources and place them back in the free pool for reassignment to other networks, APNIC will contact networks responsible for historical address space in the APNIC region that has not been globally used for a reasonable period of time.

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