Re: BK Licence: Protocols and Research

From: Brian McGroarty (
Date: Tue Jul 22 2003 - 15:15:17 EST

On Tue, Jul 22, 2003 at 05:56:15PM +0100, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> Larry McVoy wrote:
> > If you managed to stay close then we'd put digital signatures
> > into the protocol to prevent your clone from interoperating with BK.
> If this hypothetical scenario were to occur, I believe that reverse
> engineering specific parts of the software, for the specific purpose
> of getting the signature key, in order to use it specifically for
> interoperating with the software, would be allowed regardless of
> license here in Europe, and perhaps in the USA too.

Well off topic here, but in the US at least, the DMCA makes this
hands-off if these features are added under the auspices of security
or server license protection.

This is part of the reason for certain monopolists adding "security
features" to their newer file formats.
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