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Transfer of Internet Number Resources and Change of a Member’s Official Legal Name

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Contents

1.0 Definitions

2.0 Introduction

3.0 Transfer of Internet Number Resources

3.1 Submission of the Request for Transfer

3.2 If the Receiving Party is not a Member

3.3 Financial Consequences

3.4 Internet Number Resource Registration and RIPE Database Issues

4.0 Member Changes Official Legal Name

 

1.0 Definitions

For the purposes of this document, Internet number resources refer to:

  • The registered allocation and assignment records of a member
  • The independent Internet number resource records assigned to an End User through a member acting as a sponsoring LIR

 

2.0 Introduction

In order for the RIPE NCC to maintain an accurate registry, it must hold accurate data concerning:

  • The natural or legal persons holding the registration of Internet number resources
  • The Internet number resources that are registered to these natural or legal persons

This means that any transfer of Internet number resources from one party to another, or any change to the legal status of a party holding the registration of Internet number resources, must be communicated to the RIPE NCC.

A member must inform the RIPE NCC if one or both of the following changes occurs:

  1. Internet Number Resource are transferred. Such transfers may take place:
  2. The member changes its official legal name. Such a change may occur, for example, because of a merger or acquisition of the member’s organisation.

This document describes the procedures for such changes to be properly communicated and registered with the RIPE NCC.

Note:

If a change in a member’s official legal name is accompanied by a transfer of Internet number resources, the member must first inform the RIPE NCC of the name change and then of the transfer.

If a change in a member’s business structure is not accompanied by a transfer of Internet number resources or a change in the member’s official legal name, then the RIPE NCC does not need to be informed of this change.

This document does not describe the procedure to be followed in the case of changes with regards to independent Internet number resources assigned to End Users or any changes to the End User's business structure. This procedure is described in the RIPE NCC Procedural Document, “Independent Internet Number Resources – Contractual Relationship Changes Between Sponsoring LIR and End User”.

This document does not describe the procedure to be followed in case of a transfer of Internet number resources from the RIPE NCC service region to the service region of another RIR and vice versa. This procedure is described in the RIPE NCC procedural document, “Inter-RIR Transfer of Internet Number Resources”.

 

3.0 Transfer of Internet Number Resources

If a member transfers their Internet number resources to a third party for any reason, this transfer must be declared to the RIPE NCC for approval.

3.1 Submission of the Request for Transfer

For the transfer to be processed, one of the involved parties must submit a request by email to the RIPE NCC:

A registered contact or an authorised person (e.g., senior manager, legal successor) must send the request.

The RIPE NCC will ask for the following information:

i. Information regarding the parties involved, including:

  • The full official legal names of all parties involved
  • Which party will transfer the Internet number resources and which party will receive them
  • Recent registration papers issued by the relevant national authorities for all involved parties

If the current official legal names of the involved members are different from those in the relevant signed RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement, then the procedure described in Section 4.0 must be followed prior to the transfer of the Internet number resources.

The procedure described under Section 4.0 is not necessary for the transferring member if the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement for that member is terminated (see Sections A.1.1 and A.1.2 of the RIPE NCC Procedural Document, “Closure of Members, Deregistration of Internet Resources and Legacy Internet Resources”.

ii. A description of the reason for the transfer (for example, due to merger, acquisition, transfer of Internet number resources according to the RIPE policies)

If the transfer is taking place due to a change in the structure of the organisation(s) involved, a description of the changes among these organisation(s) is necessary. This description must be accompanied by all official legal documents proving/supporting the changes the request is based on.

iii. A list of the Internet number resources that are requested to be transferred. If all of the transferring member’s Internet number resources registered are being transferred, a confirmation of this is requested.

The member must also indicate any End User assignment agreements that are requested to be transferred.

If a member transfers all of their Internet number resources, their RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement may be terminated (see Section A.1.1. of the RIPE NCC Procedural Document, “Closure of Members, Deregistration of Internet Resources and Legacy Internet Resources”).

iv. The correct contact details of all parties involved

The RIPE NCC may ask the parties involved to confirm the correctness of their contact details or to update them. The contact details include the billing contact details and the VAT number details.

v. A Transfer Agreement signed by both parties or by their legal successors

The RIPE NCC will make a template of the Transfer Agreement available. Either party may submit the Transfer Agreement to the RIPE NCC, signed by authorised persons for both parties. The RIPE NCC may ask the other party/parties to confirm their agreement to the transfer. The confirmation must be authorised (signed or sent) by a contact person or authorised person (e.g., senior manager, legal successor).

If the transferring party no longer exists by the time the RIPE NCC is being informed, the receiving party must send:

  • An official document (issued by a national authority) confirming the closure of the transferring party
  • A copy of an older signed agreement between the relevant parties mentioning the transfer of the Internet number resources. If such an agreement is not available, the RIPE NCC may accept a confirmation of the transfer to the RIPE NCC signed by an authorised person (e.g., senior manager, legal successor) of the receiving party. The RIPE NCC reserves the right to reverse the transfer should another party object and provide an agreement that proves that the Internet number resource should have been transferred to them.

vi. An overview of the utilisation of all allocations and of the status of all independent Internet number resource assignments

The RIPE NCC may ask for an overview of the utilisation of all Internet number resources registered to the member and of all End User assignment agreements signed by the member.

3.2 If the Receiving Party is not a Member

Members may wish to transfer their Internet number resource  to another member or to a third party that is not a member.

If the Internet number resources are transferred to a non-member, the receiving party must apply to be a member by signing a RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement before the transfer takes place (more information on how to become a member is available). If the receiving party refuses to do the above, the RIPE NCC will not transfer the Internet number resources to them.

If the Internet number resources to be transferred are Provider Independent (PI) addresses, the receiving party may either apply to become a member by signing the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement, or can enter into a contractual relationship with a sponsoring LIR. For more information, please see the notes on Requesting Independent Resources.

The request for the transfer can be submitted as described above (Section 3.1).

3.3 Financial Consequences

All outstanding invoices and all outstanding financial obligations must be paid in full. If the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement is terminated in the course of the RIPE NCC financial year, the service fee for this member must be paid for the full year. This payment is the responsibility of the receiving member. If the receiving party is not a member, then payment is the responsibility of the transferring member.

If the receiving party decides to sign the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement, then a sign-up fee must be paid (see RIPE NCC Charging Scheme).

3.4 Internet Number Resource Registration and RIPE Database Issues

The RIPE NCC will review the status of any IP address allocation or independent Internet number resource assignment maintained by the party involved, in compliance with the RIPE Policies current at the time of the transfer.

The receiving member must deregister from the RIPE Database any invalid or overlapping registrations or unused assignment approvals.

The RIPE NCC will update the registry, including all RIPE Database objects maintained by the RIPE NCC that are related to this transfer. The transferring member must update all RIPE Database objects maintained by them that are related to this transfer.

4.0 Member Changes Official Legal Name

It is the obligation of the Member to inform the RIPE NCC immediately if any change in the Member’s official legal name occurs.

The Member must send an email to ncc _at_ ripe _dot_ net informing the RIPE NCC of the name change. This email must include:

  • New registration papers from the national authority; and
  • The official legal documents supporting this change

The RIPE NCC will send a new RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement for the member to sign under the new official legal name. When the RIPE NCC receives the new RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement properly signed by the member, it will update the registry, including all RIPE Database objects maintained by the RIPE NCC that are related to this change. The member must update all RIPE Database objects maintained by them that are related to this change.

If the change in the member's official legal name occurred without a further change in the member's structure (e.g., merger with another legal entity, acquisition by/of another legal entity), the member will not have to sign a new RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement.