Re: [PROPOSAL] Allowing crypto in the main archive
On Thu, Jan 11, 2001 at 09:20:35AM -0800, Pete Lypkie wrote:
> > Programs which use patented algorithms that have a restricted
> > license must also be stored on "non-us", since the "non-us" server
> > [...]
> > By the way, what does "restricted license" mean in this context?
> > Surely even if the license is DFSG-free, the software would have to
> > live on non-us if the algorithm is patented?
> the "restricted license" refers to the license on the patent, i believe. Say
> you go out and get a patent on "Julian Sort", but then you allow anyone
> anywhere to use it without royalties. That would be a patented algorithm
> without a restricted license. in this case, i think a program that uses
> Julian Sort would still be allowed in main, even though it used a patented
> on the other hand, charging $5 for every execution of Julian Sort would be in
> the category mentioned in the paragraph above. this program would have to be
> in non-us.
Ah, now I understand. Thank you. Could we word things a little more
clearly perhaps? Any suggestions?
Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, Queen Mary, Univ. of London
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