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algorithm licences are forever (*not*)
regardless of one's opinion of greek-american gentlemen and/or layers
guarding prime numbers and/or patent office officials and/or reference
giveaway implementations, it should be pointed out that those of use who in
the past have dealt with allegedly immortal immutable corporate entities
(like Wang, pre/post-Bopal Union Carbide, Pan American Airways, etc.) have
learned that nothing is forever.
I'm just pointing out that none of us (including John Kennedy) can guarantee
who's going to be dealing with what in, say, 10 years.
>Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 17:04:06 -0800
>From: John Kennedy <email@example.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>>>> <email@example.com> 03/14/96 02:49pm >>>
>>Most of the internet companies I know of have already paid out a large sum
>>certain Greek-American gentleman and I doubt that they will be queuing up
>>a similar payment to another company.
>Hmmm, how about the fact that Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Intel and about a
>household names in the Internet business that have taken a Stanford patent
>in the last six months? I'm sorry to blow a hole in your argument, but it is
>important to set the record straight here.
>Sun is taking advantage of this opportunity with their release of SKIP
>code. Cisco is preparing to do the same with ISAKMP/OAKLEY code. Other
>are preparing similar reference code giveaways in their area of interest.
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