Contributed by Lemuel T Mattocks
IPv4, as the driving force of the Internet, has reached its limit. The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) depleted its free address space on September 24th, 2015. (American Registry for Internet Numbers, 2015). Any new address requests must be made to facilitate the transition to IPv6. The idea of depletion is not new. The Request for Comments has been around for nearly twenty years. (Internet Task Engineering Force, 1998) Various factors have led to the delay of mass IPv6 deployment but the role of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is usually not mentioned. Resolving these problems will hasten the transition to IPv6. The current IPv6 deployment currently stands at just over 15% as of November 2016. (Google, 2016) A seamless transition will depend on a much more rapid response considering the lack of IPv4 addresses.