Re: Encrypted filesystem

Alan Cox (
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 20:31:03 +0000 (GMT)

> It's my understanding that the IDEA algorithm is copyrighted, but free to
> use for noncommercial applications. Is that right? That way, we probably
> couldn't include something like that in the kernel source tree.

You can't copyright an algorithm. IDEA is patented in certain countries
with arse backward legal systems. Before you do a lot of work have a look
at ssh and the algorithms it uses. Some of those are believed both strong
and patent free.

> Importing into the US is legal, I think. I could put up stuff on my FTP
> space.

>From .de you are better uploading it into another EEC site (EEC single
market) as germany has some but not US scale export rules on crypto.