Subject: Re: SSLeay -- US status WRT RSA?
From: <kmself@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 16:40:13 -0800
Wed, 26 Jan 2000 16:40:13 -0800
On Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 11:27:35PM +0000, Ben Laurie wrote:
> Ben Tilly@trepp.com wrote:
> > 
> > Ben Laurie wrote:
> > > kmself@ix.netcom.com wrote:
> > > >
> > > > What's the current status of deploying SSLeay in the US given the
> > > > upcoming RSA patent expiration (Sept. 20, 2000).  Anyone?
> > >
> > > Isn't that rather obvious? Not sure what you're asking here.
> > >
> > Well, can you pay them some modest license for the next few months?  Is it
> > like gays in the (US) military, "Don't ask, don't tell"?  Are you in
> > trouble if you hand out (like I presume Karsten wants to) documentation to
> > people in the US explaining how to set up your Apache server for SSL with
> > the installation instructions for your software?
> > 
> > I mean the theoretical status is pretty clear - but how does it work on the
> > ground?
> 
> Well, I don't think anything magical happened when all the wheels
> clicked at once and we went from 1999 to 2000. Give RSA $100k, and the
> world is your oyster. Is that what you mean?

That's pretty much along the lines of what I was looking for.  There was
a big hubbub about the RSA patent expiry on Monday, I was wondering if
they'd started any sort of abandonment yet.  Apparently not that
anyone's aware.

-- 
Karsten M. Self (kmself@ix.netcom.com)
    What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?

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