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Re: German government press release on Wassenaar (fwd)



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> Date: Wed, 9 Dec 98 20:04 +0100
> From: [email protected] (Ulf =?iso-8859-1?Q?M=F6ller?=)
> Subject: Re: German government press release on Wassenaar

> 1.) Officials point out that "export control" does not mean "export
> restriction".

Spin-doctor bullshit.

  There are forms of "export control" (such as the
> requirement to notify the Export Office of your exports) that do not
> hinder the export of crypto software in any significant way.  So it
> remains to be seen how Germany and other countries will implement
> the new rules.

And why should one need to notify them if there is not at least the implied
ability on their part to say "NO, you won't either."?

> 2.) The government has acknowledged that public domain software
> remains unrestricted. This also applies to copyrighted software such
> as PGP which "has been made available without restrictions upon its
> further dissemination".

PGP is NOT unrestrited.


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