Ownership rights in IP addresses? A legal analysis by Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller photo“A new paper on ownership rights in IPv4 addresses has been drafted,” writes Milton Mueller who writes his critique of the paper on the Internet Governance Project blog.

The paper Mueller reviews is by Author Ernesto Rubi, a J.D. candidate at Florida International University School of Law.

“The paper explores the legal framework (or rather, the lack thereof) surrounding IP addresses. The depletion of the IPv4 free pool will, the author contends, intensify arguments about ownership interests in ipv4 address blocks. He concludes that ‘the concept of IP number ‘ownership’ or claim of right may be inevitable.’”

To read Milton Mueller’s critique of the paper in full, see: