[messaging] Double Ratchet spec

Nikos Roussos comzeradd at fsfe.org
Tue Nov 29 05:58:25 PST 2016

On November 29, 2016 2:20:13 PM GMT+02:00, stef <s at ctrlc.hu> wrote:
>On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:13:54PM +0100, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
>> Why is my question not eliciting a response after asking it twice
>over the
>> space of weeks and months? Would I be exaggerating if I suspected
>that my
>> question was being intentionally ignored?
>you're asking the wrong question i believe. the right question is: is
>patented in any of the 3 specifications which might prohibit later
>usage due
>to royalties?
>the spec itself is public domain. anyone can implement it and even
>modify it,
>build tools distribute them on wherever you want, however you might
>have to
>pay royalties if patents are in play. what is a different issue is if
>you can
>call it signal, i think that's trademarked. another issue is if you can
>federate with the big signal providers?
>so the answer you're waiting for is: irrelevant. ;)

It is relevant, just slightly different. It's important to know if parts of the protocol are covered by patents. If that's the case, then the protocol is not open and the fact that the spec is published in public domain is effectively irrelevant ;)

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