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IP address allocation through the lenses of public goods and scarce resources theories


Weber, Rolf H; Heinrich, Ulrike I (2011). IP address allocation through the lenses of public goods and scarce resources theories. Scripted, 8(1):70-91.

Abstract

The current Internet Protocol (IP) addressing system, Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), is a resource with limitations. All IPv4 address blocks have now been allocated, posing a risk that not all IP address requests will be satisfied. As IP addresses may be considered public goods, it is important that they are allocated efficiently in order to comply in an equitable manner with the demands of all Internet participants. At the moment it is uncertain as to when, or even whether, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) will replace IPv4. This article looks at the current system of IP address allocation and the risks and benefits of introducing an IP address transfer market in compliance with constitutional principles.

The current Internet Protocol (IP) addressing system, Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), is a resource with limitations. All IPv4 address blocks have now been allocated, posing a risk that not all IP address requests will be satisfied. As IP addresses may be considered public goods, it is important that they are allocated efficiently in order to comply in an equitable manner with the demands of all Internet participants. At the moment it is uncertain as to when, or even whether, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) will replace IPv4. This article looks at the current system of IP address allocation and the risks and benefits of introducing an IP address transfer market in compliance with constitutional principles.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Institute of Legal Sciences > Business Law
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Date:2011
Deposited On:07 Nov 2011 11:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:05
Publisher:University of Edinburgh and Contributors
ISSN:1744-2567
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2966/scrip.080111
Official URL:http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/script-ed/issue8-1.asp
Related URLs:http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/ (Publisher)
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