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    > > On Mon, 15 Mar 1999, G. Allen Morris III wrote:
    > >
    > > > What are the issues (legal?) of putting DES in the linux kernel?
    > >
    > > I'm not a lawyer but I think that officially it's illegal to export.
    > > We'll have international kernels soon that include various enctyption
    > > modules.
    >
    > Whoever is "in charge" of Linux will need to seek legal counsel
    > versed in these issues. The U.S. has relaxed export control laws,
    > and so export of 56 bit DES is possible (I've done it), and legal,
    > but only with an appropriate export control license.
    >
    > I can provide the name of a competent attorney, if anyone is interested.
    > It is possible to get export control licenses without legal assistance,
    > but it's no doubt easier to have a point person who works a few minutes
    > away from the relevant gov't agencies in the D.C. area.

    The problem is that there *is* no such "in charge" person, and such
    the regulations are highly skewed in favour of companies. These
    regulations are deadly for Open Source projects.

    -hpa


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