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Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

Friday May 7th, 1999

With the latest ruling against crypto-export laws, some of you have been wondering how this applies to Mozilla (if at all). Well, we're not sure, but I bet there are a few developers that would be willing to enlighten us on this subject. If any of you know more about how this ruling affects Mozilla, please respond in the talkback to this item...


#7 Re:Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

by HoserHead <hoserhead@woot.net>

Friday May 7th, 1999 1:13 PM

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"2. The crypto code in Netscape was licensed from someone else. We'd have to get their permission to publish it, which they won't grant because they'd lose a major source of revenue. They also own the US patent that would cover any Communicator-compatible crypto, so mozilla.org won't legally be able to host a replacement, either."

Quite obviously, this is RSA - and the nice thing about it being RSA is that their patent expires this September, if my memory serves correctly. This point, at least, will be moot very shortly.