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Re: Debian & Cuba, again

"Ying-Chun Liu (PaulLiu)" <grandpaul@gmail.com> wrote:
> David Moreno Garza wrote:
> > Googling a bit, I've found a previous discussion on exporting Debian to
> > Cuba, which apparently it is not allowed, what does this *exactly* mean?
> > 
> Maybe you are googling something outdated. I think it is OK now if you
> export Debian main only (without non-free/contrib sections).
> There were some laws for exporting cryptography softwares to some
> countries from US. So there was non-US section. But the law are changing
> so I think it is legal to export these softwares now.

It used to be illegal under US law to export crypto to any country.
That has been relaxed to where it is only illegal to export crypto to
a few countries (including Cuba).

However, if you are not subject to US jurisdiction, then you may have
no problems exporting Debian to Cuba.  It depends on your local laws.
If you later decide to travel to the US, I do not know if US
authorities would detain you.  There is some precedent for harassment [1].

The problem for Debian arises when people in Cuba start communicating
with people in the US (for example, in a BSP).  Some types of
communication are allowed, but some are not.  Even using the mailing
list infrastructure may be a problem for Debian.  I think you have to
consult a US attorney to know exactly is allowed by the US.

Walter Landry

[1] http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/abril/lun11/salzali.html

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