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Re: Crypto++ licencing

Stephen Zander <gibreel@pobox.com> wrote:
> >>>>> "Walter" == Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu> writes:
>     Walter> The patent issue is not a problem specific to the license.
>     Walter> Rather, it depends on what algorithms are implemented.
>     Walter> What algorithms are used?  A usual suspect is IDEA, which
>     Walter> is patented in many countries.
> According to <URL:http://www.eskimo.com/~weidai/algorithms.html>, the
> potentially patented algorithms are:
> * DSS
> * LUC
> * IDEA

DSS and IDEA are both patented in Europe, so putting it in non-us
won't help.  There is also the minor problem that non-us is going the
away.  It is crypto, so you should talk to the release manager about
how to handle it.  I only know what he wants done for software
currently in non-us.

It doesn't sound like anyone is actually enforcing the LUC patent, if
it exists.  I would just put it in main until we have more

It sounds like the patent holders are charging to use DSS.  Since it
isn't very good anyway, I would recommend just removing it.  IDEA, on
the other hand, is a good algorithm, but only free for non-commercial
uses.  You could split that out and put that library in non-free.  The
rest goes in main.  Speak-freely is in non-free for the same reason.

Walter Landry

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