Certicom? [...] [Fwd: NSA Turns To Commercial Software For
lgonze at panix.com
Sun Oct 26 14:44:20 PST 2003
On Sunday, Oct 26, 2003, at 16:26 America/New_York, Dr. Robert J.
>> ECC is far too patent encumbered and thus dangerous to use.
> Not a defensible position IMO. Certicom's patents mostly apply to
> hardware designs and are work-aroundable, as previously discussed on
> this list. Same as patents on most things. Or you can license them
> for 2% of revenue (or whatever the going rate is).
The one time I needed to use the RSA algorithm before the patent
expired, the problem was arrogance rather than money. I couldn't get
somebody on the phone in a timely way, when they finally got back to me
they wouldn't give me a clear price, the questions they asked were
wierdly intrusive, and on and on. I'm still on RSA's spam list -- no
opt-out available, thank you very much.
In the end I convinced the client to let me write the need for the RSA
algorithm out of the code, because it was much less work than putting
up with RSA inc.
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