Subject: Re: quickly find what applications are affected by RSA
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Mike Pelley <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/08/2000 10:55:18
> > the following twist have been removed by the RSA expiration, and
> > recently deregulated :
> > - non-commercials in US can use RSAREF
> > - commercials in US cannot use RSA at all
> Why do you say that? The formerly patented RSA algorithm (and code) is
> now in the public domain. "Public domain" means no restrictions. The
> *only* caveat in RSA's announcement, is that folks who signed a
> contract agreeing to pay a certain amount of $$ for something that is
> now free, still have to pay, because _they_ _signed_ _the_ _contract_.
> It's not possible to "qualify" a release to public domain, and RSA
> knows better than to try to do that!

I believe he was explaining that those restrictions had been removed - i.e.
they are no longer applicable.