[REBOL] Re: Shamless request for improving function speed.
From: holger:rebol at: 26-Mar-2002 19:17
On Tue, Mar 26, 2002 at 09:25:15PM -0500, alan parman wrote:
> Sorry, I should have been more careful and specified that the code is ARCFOUR, not
RC4. (stands for _A_pparently RC4 (four)). (Isn't RSA's patent expired?)
It's not a patent, but a combination of trade secret and trademark. Unlike
patents, they do not expire.
> And not to stir up trouble, but my understanding of the latest export laws is that
source code is free speech and therefore has no export restrictions.
AFAIK not universally or automatically. Pretty much anything that is
encryption-related still requires at least the filing of paperwork, in some
cases even a waiting period and/or a permit.
There is also the issue that some countries, like France, even put restrictions
on the use of encryption code, not just on their export, so publically
distributed encryption source code would have to come with a disclaimer :-).
It is probably best to simply keep encryption source code off this list...