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Code copyright in Applied Cryptography (WAS: Re: copyright in one sourcefile of dcd)

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>>>>> "David" == David Starner <dstarner98@aasaa.ofe.org> 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:
    >> <quote>
    >> /* NIST Secure Hash Algorithm */
    >> /* heavily modified by Uwe Hollerbach <uh@alumni.caltech 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 */
    >> </quote>
    >> 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
    >> knows.

    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?

Bye, J

PS: Or at least that's the potential problem that *I* see...

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