FreeSWAN & US export controls

Jim Choate ravage at
Tue Dec 11 01:18:20 EST 2001

On Mon, 10 Dec 2001, John Gilmore wrote:

> NSA's export controls.  We overturned them by a pretty thin margin.
> The government managed to maneuver such that no binding precedents
> were set: if they unilaterally change the regulations tomorrow to
> block the export of public domain crypto, they wouldn't be violating
> any court orders or any judicial decisions.  I.e. they are not BOUND
> by the policy change.

That's not accurate. There have been several court rulings finding source
code and such protected by the 1st. This would provide a lever that was
not there previously.


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