Re: BK Licence: Protocols and Research

From: Jamie Lokier (
Date: Tue Jul 22 2003 - 15:23:16 EST

Brian McGroarty wrote:
> 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.

Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind when I said prison was one of
the dangers of making interoperable software.

-- Jamie
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