From: Jimmy O'Regan (john.kelly at domain lit.ie)
Date: Wed 15 Sep 1999 - 12:23:23 IST
Justin Mason wrote:
> > As far as I'm aware it's not illegal to import encryption into the US,
> > nor is it illegal to export encryption from Ireland.
> Bad news -- due to the Wassenaar arrangement you now need to ask the Dept
> of Trade and Industry if it's OK to export it from Ireland. I think they
> generally say "yes" though. It does take a little bit of writing up.
> However you may be sorted; RC4 may not qualify as I think it's a symmetric
> algorithm and IIRC the restrictions on symmetric algos are less strict.
> Sly Tip: I don't think "compression" schemes come under Wassenaar, BTW ;)
GPL'd software is considered to be in the public domain, and doesn't come under
Wassenaar. It's perfectly legal to import compression into America, but it
can't be exported. (If you email compression to America, they can't quote it in
the reply type thing).
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