Subject: Wassenaar treaty
To: NetBSD security <>
From: Bjoern Labitzke <>
List: tech-security
Date: 06/25/1999 19:10:18

Is there someone familiar enough with the Wassenaar treaty to answer me
the following question? Did the US only pose as some kind advisor for
the treaty or are they bound to it as well?

If the US are included in the treaty that might erase our export problems.
Though even the European participants of the treaty agreed to export
restrictions of cryptographic products, this explicitly excludes things
for mass distribution, like public domain. Thus, even if you are not
allowed to sell a cryptographic product from e.g. Germany to the Irak
without consent from the government, you are still allowed to distribute
things like PGP to people in the Irak. The same would apply for NetBSD as
it is distributed to masses.

And if the US signed the treaty as well, that may show that their politics
about the export restriction just changed or have to change to comply with
the treaty. So, can anyone answer that question?

Thanks in advance,

Bjoern Labitzke  <>
   Use PGP! (Don't you use envelopes for your letters?)