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Re: Mozilla can't be GPL? (was: pkcs#11 license)

MJ Ray <mjr@phonecoop.coop> wrote:
> I thought the API reference was the PDF from
> http://www.rsasecurity.com/rsalabs/pkcs/pkcs-11/
> which has a slightly different licence and wouldn't be copied
> wholesale anyway, just the few names for interfacing.

I also checked the licence of the PDF file and it _also_ contains a
publicity clause. Page 289 I find:
  " D Intellectual property considerations


  License to copy this document is granted provided that it is
  identified as "RSA Security Inc. Public-Key Cryptography Standards
  (PKCS)" in all material mentioning or referencing this document. "

I just noted that the RSA header licence contains: "in all material
mentioning or referencing this software." but the PDF licence contains
"in all material mentioning or referencing this document.".
Note the difference: "cryptoki software" in the header file and
"PKCS document" in the PDF.

The mozilla licence contains the version with "PKCS document". I don't
know where it comes from. I don't think it make it more GPL compatible.

> It is interesting. Could one read the API reference documentation
> and recreate the header files from the ideas?

That would be a real challenge. The API defines A LOT of constants.

It seams the only human possible solution is to ask RSA to change their
licence. I guess the Mozilla foundation could help if they care about
licencing issues.

Any idea of how we should contact Mozilla and RSA? I am really _not_ a
diplomatic guy :-)


Ludovic Rousseau

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