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From Marc Slemko <>
Subject Re: [ Re: ZDNet article]
Date Tue, 06 Jan 1998 20:42:53 GMT
On Tue, 6 Jan 1998, Michael Douglass wrote:

> Being much put off by some of's stuff, I made apost and a
> mention of using apache-ssl; then mr. tells me that it's
> illegal in North America.  Since the author of the apache-ssl
> patches is a member of this list perhaps he can comment. :)

There is nothing new there.

The patches aren't illegal to use and are not restricted by license, but
in the US (Canada is less clear) RSA has a patent on an algorithm required
for SSLv2.  You either need a license from RSA or you have to use the
rsaref library, which is freely available for non-commercial use; not for
commercial use.

What it boils down to is that using a freely available version of Apache
with ssl patches in the US for commercial purposes violates RSA's patents
(since you obviously don't have a RSA license) and is illegal. 

> -----Forwarded message from sameer <>-----
> > 
> > -- IT'S FREE!!!
> 	I hate to rain on your parade, because I certainly don't
> *like* software patents and trade secret restrictions on cryptography,
> but you should note that in addition to being free its also illegal to
> use in north america.
> -- 
> Sameer Parekh					Voice:   510-986-8770
> President					FAX:     510-986-8777
> C2Net
> -----End of forwarded message-----
> -- 
> Michael Douglass
> Texas Networking, Inc.
> <tnet admin> anyway, I'm off, perl code is making me [a] crosseyed toady

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