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From: Sven <luther@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Cryptokit: cryptographic library for OCaml
On Fri, Apr 05, 2002 at 10:01:00AM -0500, Krishnaswami, Neel wrote:
> Sven [mailto:luther@dpt-info.u-strasbg.fr] wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 05, 2002 at 04:02:14PM +0200, Xavier Leroy wrote:
> > > My amateur, unfocused interest for applications of 
> > > cryptography led me to implement the Cryptokit library of 
> > > cryptographic primitives for OCaml, providing:
> > 
> > Mmm, what are the legal restriction related to this ? Is it legal to
> > distribute it in france (legislation may have changed since 
> > last i checked about such things a few years ago) ? Is it legal to 
> > distribute it from an US based server (i think yes, but you would 
> > need to declare the software to the NSA or something such).
> 
> I don't know about the details of French law, but in the USA 
> there is no need for any review of open-source cryptography 
> software, whether in source or binary format. 
> 
> See: http://www.bxa.doc.gov/Encryption/EncryptionRuleOct2K.html

There is no restriction on exportation, but you need to fill a declaration or
something with the NSA (i think) about it.

I followed from far all the discution about it when debian decided to move the
crypto stuff from its non-us servers into the main archive which is us based,
so it would be no problem for me to package it as a debian package. There may
be french issues though, since it is distributed from inria's web site. But
then i think, due to the Bank's pressions on the governement, that most of
those restriction were lifted a year or so ago, not sure though.

Friendly,

Sven Luther
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