Subject: Re: A Primer on Infringing Patents in Software
From: <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 04:27:51 +0900

Thomas Lord writes:

 > The program can technically be modified to allow 1024-bit primes
 > but that creates a new program.  No example of "making, using,
 > or selling" the *conveyed* program, even within the GPL
 > restrictions, can cause it to use 1024-bit primes.
 > 
 > Did the permissions required of RSA in conveying the 16-bit PLP
 > necessarily allow the 1024-bit version?

I hope a real lawyer will speak up, but IMO the fact that you ask this
means you haven't wrapped your head around patents yet, but are still
thinking in terms of copyright.  The permissions apply to the claims
as written in the patent application, not to the program conveyed.