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Re: RSA and libcrypt for COMMERCIAL use
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At 08:17 -0600 on 10/18/99, Matt Patton wrote:
> Second, does the USGOV count as a non-commercial use?
The research funding behind the development of the RSA algorithm was US
Federal money, via the US Navy & the National Science Foundation. As a
consequence of this, US Federal Agencies have free use of the algorithm.
This does not include programs or activities merely funded by the US Federal
Government -- I believe it has to be an actual official US Federal Agency.
Of course, non-commercial, federally-funded organizations are probably
non-commercial for purposes of the RSAREF license. Since most large public
universities in the US receive federal funding of one sort or another, and
are non-commercial, educational use shouldn't be a problem either.
However, RSADSI (or whaterver it's morphed into lately) has made noises in
the last two months about RSAREF use by educational institutions somehow
being "commercial" and not allowed by the RSAFEF license. Hopefully, such
noises will be quieted as cooler RSADSI heads prevail over the panicking
grubbers (only 11 months and 1 day until the RSA patent expires, oh my!).
> Third, in order to get a COMMERCIAL-use safe version of libcrypt/libssl one
> would have to get a suitable license from RSASDI. Correct?
I have yet to hear of RSADSI (or whatever morph...) licensing use of the RSA
patent without also requiring that the licensee use their copyrighted BSAFE
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