Re: SSH 2 bignum code legal? (fwd)
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Date: 29 Aug 1998 15:54:22 GMT
From: Torbjorn Granlund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: SSH 2 bignum code legal?
Your post contain several misunderstanding. This is an attempt to clarify
We are not disputing anybody's right to implement the algorithms we use in
GNU MP. We are also not disputing anybody's right to implement the same
user interface. What you did was copying code, sometimes with almost no
edits, and sometimes with more edits, such as replacing variable names.
Copyright law makes what you did illegal. We intend to defend the free
nature of our implementation by using copyright law.
Whatever your motives for improving GNU MP, you have to preserve the
copyright notices on the code that had such notices when you started your
work. You are then entitled to releasing your modifued version under the
We are working on making a complete list of the parts you have copied. This
list will be presented to a laywer, in preparation for legal enforcement of
the copyright law.
If SSH Communications Security Ltd. releases the modified versions of code
from GMP under the LGPL, with the FSF copyright notices preserved,
we will be satisfied and consider the matter closed.