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Re: The RC2 debate

1997-04-23 18:47:16
"Keith" == Keith Moore <moore(_at_)cs(_dot_)utk(_dot_)edu> writes:

    Keith> RSA can complain "but that's *our* protocol", and IETF will
    Keith> duly record that complaint, but that by itself won't stop
    Keith> IETF from considering whether to use it.


It's not RSA complaining "it's our protocol" that people are 
concerned about - it's the threat of a lawsuit targeting 
anyone who's IMPLEMENTING this as you say "protocol" 
without RSADSI license. 

    Keith> To me the more interesting question is: assuming a working
    Keith> group received assurance from IESG that it would be allowed
    Keith> to publish an S/MIME spec that referenced someone else's
    Keith> RC2 specification, would it be able to reach consensus that
    Keith> this was the Right Thing to do?

Sure, as long as IESG assures the WG that it will pay for a lawyer to
defend an implementor of this "published spec" from a lawsuit by the
RSA. There is no reason to lock ourselves up in the proprietary ****.

Also, as I said, I follow Ned on this all the way. To IAB, if needed.

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