Code copyright in Applied Cryptography (WAS: Re: copyright in one sourcefile of dcd)
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>>>>> "David" == David Starner <email@example.com> writes:
David> On Wed, Apr 05, 2000 at 09:43:23AM +0200, Othmar Pasteka wrote:
>> HI folks,
>> i just took over the dcd package and looked through the files
>> for copyright notices due to the old copyright file made by the
>> former maintainer. in this copyright a file is mentioned which is
>> "public domain software". i don't know what's the way debian
>> handles this. below are the relevant comments from the source
>> code about copyright:
>> /* NIST Secure Hash Algorithm */
>> /* heavily modified by Uwe Hollerbach <firstname.lastname@example.org edu> */
>> /* from Peter C. Gutmann's implementation as found in */
>> /* Applied Cryptography by Bruce Schneier */
>> /* Further modifications to include the "UNRAVEL" stuff, below */
>> /* This code is in the public domain */
>> maybe someone can tell me in how far this is free/non-free. well
>> i don't know bruce schneier's AC and therefore i don't know what
>> one can do with code from schneier's book maybe someone else
David> I believe it's public domain, as the author says. There's no
David> evidence to say that public domain isn't being used in the
David> strict legal sense, which is clearly DFSG-Free.
I guess what Othmar wants to know is the copyright on the code in BC's
AC (;-), and, depending on that, whether putting this modified source
into public domain is possible.
So, anybody look up Applied Cryptography and tell us?
PS: Or at least that's the potential problem that *I* see...
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