Subject: Re: Novel anti-software-patent article
From: Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com>
Date: 7 Jan 2000 12:56:11 -0500

   Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 13:01:08 -0500 (EST)
   From: Lynn Winebarger <owinebar@free-expression.org>

   On Fri, 7 Jan 2000, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona wrote:

   > 	You can look at it the other way around. If you invent a
   > spiffy, new, perfect, really useful and unbreakable crypto algorithm,
   > in a world where you cannot patent its use in a software
   > product... why will you keep it hidden from the crypto community? Of

      For trade secret protection.

Crypto is a special case, though, which is why it is an interesting
case to talk about with respect to patents.  If you keep the crypto
algorithm a trade secret, people won't trust it.  (And, moreover,
history shows that it probably won't be as strong as you think it is.)

Ian