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Re: Crypto++ licencing

On Sun, Apr 21, 2002 at 12:52:53AM +0200, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 19, 2002 at 06:06:59PM -0700, Walter Landry wrote:
> > > DSS and IDEA are both patented in Europe, so putting it in non-us
> > > won't help.  
> > 
> > If I'm right, patents on software aren't legal in Europe. Current
> That's not entirely accurate. First of all, there is no
> uniform European patent law. Every European country has its
> own national patent law, and has its own interpretations and 
> case law regarding software-related inventions.
> Second, "Europe" in this case should be read as "member states
> to the European patent convention" or as "countries in the
> continent of Europe". The EC has yet to regulate patent law
> in this regard. The upcoming directive will establish a common
> law - explicitly legalizing the current EPO's interpretation
> of article 52 EPC.

I meant "members of the Europen Union". Not all

I hope the upcoming directive will be stopped, at least France is
against software patents.

> > > 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.
> > 
> > I don't see why it fails the DFSG. Patens are only legal in the US,
> > why can't it go into non-US/main?
> IDEA is also covered by a European patent (since it was 
> invented by a Swiss company). 

It's even worse as I thought. :(((

Jeroen Dekkers
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