Re: FW: Crypto

From: H. Peter Anvin (
Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 14:50:15 EST

Followup to: <>
By author: Sandy Harris <>
In newsgroup:
> As I recall, someone from said a few months back that
> their lawyers were looking at this. Anyone know the results?

Indeed we do :) The current policy on now is that
cryptographic software is OK as long as it's Open Source and the
source is available on itself.

The "no government end user" restriction -- which we were originally
very concerned about -- turns out not to apply for Open Source
software. Also, the BXA seems to have recently expressed "intent to
clarify"[1] that the Open Source exception applies as well to "object
code compiled from source code that is considered publically



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