Hemos from the if-it-comes-back-to-you,-it's-broken dept.
Legolas-Greenleaf writes "According to the this news release on RSA Security's website, the RSA algorithm was released into the public domain today (September 6th, 2000). This is in advance of their US patent expiring on the 20th. There is some more information in their RSA FAQ."
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.