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On Fri, 22 Dec 2000, James Lewis Nance wrote:

> > benefits from and which may help cut down computer crime beyond government.
> > (and which of course actually is part of the NSA's real job)
>
> I often wonder how many people know that a whole bunch of the Linux
> networking code is Copyrighted by the NSA.

Not exactly by NSA itself. A bunch of files have in copyright comment:

---8<---
Written 1992-94 by Donald Becker.
Copyright 1993 United States Government as represented by the
Director, National Security Agency.

This software may be used and distributed according to the terms
of the GNU Public License, incorporated herein by reference.

The author may be reached as becker@CESDIS.gsfc.nasa.gov, or C/O
Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences
Code 930.5, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD 20771

--->8---
...so this is the result of Becker's employment at NASA and government's
legal weirdness (no, I have no idea, why of all possible choices
"Director, National Security Agency" must represent US government for
copyright purpose).

> I'm always waiting to
> hear someone come up with a conspiracy theory about it on slashdot,
> but I have never heard anyone mention it.

Actually I have seen it mentioned there today -- maybe conspiracy
theory is being developed right now ;-)

--
Alex

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