Detecting PGP 2.6.x keys

Aleksandar Milivojevic amilivojevic at
Fri Sep 17 21:01:53 CEST 2004

David Shaw wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 17, 2004 at 09:05:13AM -0500, Aleksandar Milivojevic wrote:
>>David Shaw wrote:
>>>Why should he?  In most of the world he can't even use IDEA legally
>>>without a licence.  This isn't his problem (over 90% of the userbase).
>>>This is user A's problem (less than 10% of the userbase).
>>Errr...  You have a bug there.  Consider following patch:
>>--- foobar.orig 2004-09-17 09:01:37.513404000 -0500
>>+++ foobar      2004-09-17 09:01:20.946162000 -0500
>>@@ -1 +1 @@
>>-most_of_the_world == USA
>>+most_of_the_world != USA
> Actually, no.
> IDEA is patented in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands,
> Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Japan, and the USA.

Than I guess the patch needs to be modified slightly.  However it still 
doesn't account for most of the world.  Good portion of Europe is not 
covered by patent, Japan is the only Asian country, and USA is the only 
country in both Americas.  Africa and Australia are totaly unafected. 
And we should not forget Antarctica ;-)

Haven't checked statistical data in a while (and my high school 
knowledge either faded away or become obsolete), but from back of my 
head, at least 5/6 of Earth's population is unaffected by IDEA patent. 
Hip hip hooray :-)

Aleksandar Milivojevic <amilivojevic at>    Pollard Banknote Limited
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