The legality of PGP

Perry E. Metzger pmetzger at
Fri Nov 20 14:25:24 PST 1992

>From: hkhenson at

>Perry writes PGP is based on RSA . . . which has not granted a license
>for people to use . . . . using PGP is possibly a pattent violation . . .
>I wonder--I have RSA Mailsafe.  Do you think that would give me a license
>to use RSA if I loaded up PGP?  Keith

Doubtful -- RSA tends to be licensed on a per application per copy
basis, not on a per human basis. If it was licensed on a per-human
basis, I would have bought a personal "unlimited use" license long


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