1996-12-15 - Re: ITAR -> EAR; loss of First Amendment Rights.

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From: “Peter D. Junger” <junger@pdj2-ra.F-REMOTE.CWRU.Edu>
To: trei@process.com
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Message ID: <199612150243.VAA09651@pdj2-ra.F-REMOTE.CWRU.Edu>
Reply To: <199612131951.LAA03511@toad.com>
UTC Datetime: 1996-12-15 02:45:58 UTC
Raw Date: Sat, 14 Dec 1996 18:45:58 -0800 (PST)

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From: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@pdj2-ra.F-REMOTE.CWRU.Edu>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 1996 18:45:58 -0800 (PST)
To: trei@process.com
Subject: Re: ITAR -> EAR; loss of First Amendment Rights.
In-Reply-To: <199612131951.LAA03511@toad.com>
Message-ID: <199612150243.VAA09651@pdj2-ra.F-REMOTE.CWRU.Edu>
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"Peter Trei" writes:

: It appears that we will now have the unique
: situation that a book which contains cryptographic
: info or source code will be illegal to export or 
: sell to a non-citizen, without getting export permission.
: I am not aware of any prior time when the government
: attempted to claim that printed material, freely
: available in bookstores and newsstands to US citizens,
: became contraband when sold or given to a non-citizen.

A literal reading of the ITAR's provisions relating to cryptography
leads to exactly that result.  And there have been strong suggestions
that that is the intended result in some of the statements made by
representatives of the State Department.  

If you are interested in this you might look into MIT's experiences
when they published the book with the PGP source code.

Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH
Internet:  junger@pdj2-ra.f-remote.cwru.edu    junger@samsara.law.cwru.edu
                     URL:  http://samsara.law.cwru.edu