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NewsForge: Zimmermann to Network Associates: Sell PGP Back to Me, Or Open-Source It

Jul 02, 2002, 14:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Tober)

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"Philip R. Zimmermann, author of encryption program Pretty Good Privacy, is suggesting current owner Network Associates open-source PGP's code as one alternative to the program dying on the vine at the company. 'I would strongly prefer PGP be Open Source compared with the current scenario, because right now it's locked in intellectual property prison and no one can get it,' he says. 'Open Source would be much better.'

"Zimmermann says a return to open-code status is one option he could live with. His first choice for PGP, however, would be to buy it back from Network Associates. He sold PGP in 1997, but last year, the company gave up trying to make PGP profitable and put it up for sale. But the company hasn't been able off-load it, and PGP is now in limbo world.

"Zimmermann says he can't buy back PGP for one very simple reason: 'I don't have the money to buy it back...'"

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