Re: [PROPOSAL] Allowing crypto in the main archive
On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Programs which use patented algorithms that have a restrictied
> license also need to be stored on "non-us", since that is located
> in a country where it is not allowed to patent algorithms.
Any examples of such countries?
> If this proposal gets accept it means Debian also shoud:
> * notify the US government that we have a FTP site that distributes
> crypto software.
> * add a legal welcome message to our FTP site that informs people
> about the regulations regarding crypto software. This also means
> we will not be consciously exporting crypto to the 7 blacklisted
* Tell all the FTP mirrors of non-US that must of them are no longer
allowed to ship non-US (e.g. ftp.de.debian.org is located in Germany
where it's not 100% forbidden to patent algorithms).
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"Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
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