Subject: Re: Firmware and kernel image compression
To: Anders Magnusson <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/17/2002 09:01:22
On Tue, Sep 17, 2002 at 12:35:49PM +0200, Anders Magnusson wrote:

 > > I don't think algorithms can be copyrighted.  Otherwise cleanrooming
 > > wouldn't be possible at all.
 > > 

 > For sure they can. We have been involved in a bunch of algorithm patents,
 > for example for efficient packet classifications. Cleanroom implementations
 > are something separate from this.

...but a patent is quite different from copyright, and there is no indication
that this particular algorithm is patented at all.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>