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Re: OpenSSL, SUN and ECC (patent issue)

On Fri, Oct 11, 2002 at 04:03:47PM +0000, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
> ECC itself is not patent encumbered, but the most popular curves are.
> These curves (mathematical equations, essentially) are patented by
> Certicom, not Sun. It's like patenting a (p, q) pair for DSA or Elgamal,
> except that these curves are ANSI standards, and so everyone uses them
> (even though some of them are obviously insecure).

See, this is why I'm an atheist.

If there were a God, he'd smite these assholes off the face of the earth
for having the hubris to claim that they invented His mathematics.

Only subsequently would He get around to less serious offenses like
disbelief.  ;-)

G. Branden Robinson                |
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    Yeah, that's what Jesus would do.
branden@debian.org                 |    Jesus would bomb Afghanistan. Yeah.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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