The Introduction of Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Implementation in North Carolina Public Universities in Response to the Digital Millennium Act of 1998

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.

The following paper will examine the relationship between the DMCA and IP4. It will further examine the role of the RIAA which has contributed. The paper will finally examine how the newer IPv6 technology will affect the delicate relationship going forward. Resolving this question may be the key to unlocking IPv6 to a very large population of users.

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