1998-10-03 - Re: propose: `cypherpunks license’ (Re: Wanted: Twofish source code)

Header Data

From: Bill Stewart <bill.stewart@pobox.com>
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Message Hash: be02db98c21ab1aa5e0767f5fe576c47cdd1e8b44c65c0e07131d20ea2d9fe75
Message ID: <>
Reply To: <199809281845.TAA18662@server.eternity.org>
UTC Datetime: 1998-10-03 08:16:09 UTC
Raw Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 16:16:09 +0800

Raw message

From: Bill Stewart <bill.stewart@pobox.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 16:16:09 +0800
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Re: propose: `cypherpunks license' (Re: Wanted: Twofish source code)
In-Reply-To: <199809281845.TAA18662@server.eternity.org>
Message-ID: <>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain

>> The big issue I see with GPL and Crypto software is that with the GPL
>> you cannot add any redistribution restrictions.  The problem is that
>Ahh, but it's not *you* who's putting the restrictions on your software,
>but the U.S. government.  As far as I know (not that I'm a lawyer, or
>anything) the U.S. govt. doesn't care what your license says --if it's
>strong crypto, it's not supposed to be exported. 

Depends on how you write your restrictions - I've seen products that
range from "We the copyright holder refuse to let you export it and we'll
only sell it to Real Americans with Real US Pedigree Papers who agree
that the Real Yankee Government owns their rights to everything
and agree not to think about letting any Furriners see it" to
"By the way, the US government may not let you export it from the
territory they so unreasonably claim, so you might want to check
with a lawyer if that sort of thing bothers you."

Bill Stewart, bill.stewart@pobox.com
PGP Fingerprint D454 E202 CBC8 40BF  3C85 B884 0ABE 4639