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Free Software Foundation: Re: RSA License and GPL

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: Free Software Foundation: Re: RSA License and GPL
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 23:32:26 +0300

I have received the answer from address@hidden regarding RSA
license. Here it is:

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Subject: Re: RSA License and GPL
From: Free Software Foundation <address@hidden>
To: Sergey Poznyakoff <address@hidden>
Cc: Licensing <address@hidden>
In-Reply-To: <address@hidden>
Date: 03 Sep 2002 15:55:54 -0500

On Tue, 2002-09-03 at 09:51, Sergey Poznyakoff wrote:
> Hello,
> I'd like to ask a couple of questions regarding use of md5.c
> module from RSA Data Security in GNU programs.
> 1) Is the RSA licence GPL-compatible? The license is:

No, because it has the same problem as the Original BSD license.  I
can't use this code and write an ad which says, "Supports MD5.", I have
to say, "Supports RSA Data Security, Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm".

Also, since it doesn't mention distribution, it's not clear that it's a
Free Software license.

> 2) If it is not, could the public domain md5 module be used instead?

Yes, public domain is always GPL compatible.

> Thank you,
> Sergey
- -- 
- -Dave Turner
Free Software Licensing Guru
This is not legal advice.  If you need legal advice, see a lawyer.

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