Subject: Re: US crypto laws and NetBSD
To: Johan Danielsson <>
From: Wolfgang Scheffbuch <>
List: tech-crypto
Date: 02/14/2000 20:36:03

On 10 Feb 2000, Johan Danielsson wrote:

> Antti Kantee <> writes:
> > Still, IIRC, the Wassenaar Agreement didn't include free software
> > for some odd reason. (please correct me if I'm wrong)
> WA 1.0 explicitly excluded `generally available' software (which is
> not necessarily the same as `free' software). I *think* that the 2.0
> version changed the wording on this, to something more restrictive
> (I'm not in a position check this right now).

I'm not aware of any revision. But what I know is the same that the
definition was not precise enough to conclude the exclusion of Open
Source software. So unless this changed, governments may be free
to interpret the crypto-part of software as a weapon.

Best regards,
Wolfgang Scheffbuch
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