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Re: Sapphire.cpp -- Gpl compatible? DFSG-free?

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM, Dmitrijs Ledkovs
<dmitrij.ledkov@gmail.com> wrote:
> In the source code of the package my team is managing there is this one file.
> I'm wondering whether it is DFSG-free and weather GPL v2 only code can
> link it with/(out) exception.
> Here is the full copyright statement
> /* sapphire.cpp -- the Saphire II stream cipher class.
>   Dedicated to the Public Domain the author and inventor:
>   (Michael Paul Johnson).  This code comes with no warranty.
>   Use it at your own risk.
>   Ported from the Pascal implementation of the Sapphire Stream
>   Cipher 9 December 1994.
>   Added hash pre- and post-processing 27 December 1994.
>   Modified initialization to make index variables key dependent,
>   made the output function more resistant to cryptanalysis,
>   and renamed to Sapphire II 2 January 1995
> */

Well, it's public domain, so there's no restrictions on it and it
should be fine. (Although there is some debate going on about whether
it's in fact possible to disclaim copyright in some jurisdictions, but
I highly doubt the author will try to enforce anything.)

Andrew Donnellan <><               andrew[at]donnellan[dot]name
http://andrew.donnellan.name          ajdlinux[at]gmail[dot]com
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