offtopic for NANOG - do not read

Mike Trest writes:

I believe there is a leagally sound (and often used) claim which NSI
can assert regarding their rights in this matter. When the NSF
cut back on its willingness to fund the Internet cooperative
agreement and the InterNIC was shifted to a fee for Domain
Registration service,

You should read the cooperative agreement.

Making the registrations self funding was in the agreement from the
start. As is, by the way, a clause that says that at the end, they
have to turn over everything -- software, databases, everything -- to
the NSF. Ten copies, in fact, with reports.

Speaking personally, and not in an official capacity