Fair enough -- let me put it this way. If US domestic restrictions in
this particular case are not part of the IETF standard setting, then how
can we possibly come up with a guaranteed interoperable specification
(which was the primary goal of S/MIME before being introduced to the
IETF, and is still written in the charter that way)?
And I certainly hope that if *your* needs weren't being represented by
the IETF that you would speak up. It's your duty.
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 1997 8:42 PM
To: Blake Ramsdell
Subject: RE: Alternative symmetric algorithm freely available
(re: RC2 licensing).
I'm don't think that Steve is wrong in his wording that "the goals of
the IETF are out of step with US companies' business needs".
The part I have a problem with is "US companies' business needs" - why should
we care ? What about the needs of New Zealand business, or european or all
the other hundreds of political entities.
US domestic restrictions should *not* be a par of the IETF standard
Black Paw Communications