1997-07-29 - Re: Crypto Hooks

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From: “William H. Geiger III” <whgiii@amaranth.com>
To: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
Message Hash: b2cfc9ff64c863edb0edb8d83d1822c6ee4c0f4e6d13594921c8bf06f3397e2f
Message ID: <199707291951.OAA24786@mailhub.amaranth.com>
Reply To: <v0310280bb003e90f25d0@[]>
UTC Datetime: 1997-07-29 19:57:24 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 03:57:24 +0800

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From: "William H. Geiger III" <whgiii@amaranth.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 03:57:24 +0800
To: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
Subject: Re: Crypto Hooks
In-Reply-To: <v0310280bb003e90f25d0@[]>
Message-ID: <199707291951.OAA24786@mailhub.amaranth.com>
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In <v0310280bb003e90f25d0@[]>, on 07/29/97 
   at 11:43 AM, Tim May <tcmay@got.net> said:

>This is called "providing crypto hooks," at least in the many threads on
>this list and on Usenet where the details of this have been discussed.

>It is generally interpreted--but there has not yet been a good court case
>to test it, that I know of--that providing a "hook" or place to drop in
>crypto is a violation of the ITARs/replacements for the ITARs.

>Ditto for exporting expertise designed to circumvent the ITARs. Thus,
>RSADSI cannot tell Rivest and the others to go take a 6-month in Monte
>Carlo or Switzerland and develop the next generation there.

>Again, this interpretation has not gotten a clear test in the courts.

Well I export software on a daily basis that "provides crypto hooks". I
also provide advice and consultations to those overseas on crypto &
security related issues. Matter of fact I have someone right now working
on a Russian translation for my software (I wonder if they are still on
the verbotten list along with Cuba & Iran) an a Chinese translation has
already been completed.

I also have a clause in software license that allows anyone to use my
software for free if they live in a totalitarian country where crypto is
baned (like France perhaps USA soon).

The government can only take away our rights if we let them do it. I for
one will not be a party to Washington's criminal conspiracy to subvert the
Constitution of the United States of America.

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