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SubjectRe: FW: Crypto
On Wed, 2 Aug 2000, David Woodhouse wrote:

>Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2000 17:45:50 +0100
>From: David Woodhouse <dwmw2@infradead.org>
>To: David Moffatt <DMoffatt@narus.com>
>Cc: 'Cindy Cohn' <Cindy@McGlashan.com>, linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu
>Subject: Re: FW: Crypto
>
>
>DMoffatt@narus.com said:
>> Remember the problem is not just the US laws. It is the French laws,
>> The Russian laws, etc... (Until recently the French even kept out 56
>> bit DES)
>
>> So the question boils down to: What is the end goal?
>
>It would seem that some people's goal is to restrict the movement of Free
>Software to the lowest common denominator of all legislation anywhere in the
>world. That means banning crypto, banning stuff which is patented in the US
>but explicitly not permitted to be patented under EU rules, etc.
>
>Follow it through and you'll end up banning code containing swearwords, too
>- although nobody from such a country has yet been shortsighted or arrogant
>enough, like the American contingent usually is, to think that their own
>legislation should affect the rest of the world and demand that we do so.
>
>I don't want that, thank you very much. If it makes technical sense for
>crypto and other code to be integrated with the kernel, then we should do
>so, and let those who live under insane restrictions do something about it
>themselves - either by overthrowing their government, or more likely by
>downloading the code, stripping out the parts which their particular
>legislation doesn't like, and putting that version up for FTP within their
>country.

You've got my vote. ;o) I believe that the 2.5 kernel will
start including crypto. The US law changes happened too late for
it to happen in 2.3. We'll just have to wait and see...

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