Re: [DES-LIST] DESchall

Justin Dolske (
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 17:20:37 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 29 Apr 1997, Nelson Minar wrote:

> Actually, the goofy thing about the US law is it's perfectly legal to
> export a description of the algorithm (say, a paper), it's just not
> legal to export an *implementation* of the algorithm. Neat, huh?

As an excellent example of this:

The book "Applied Cryptograhy" may be freely exported. It contains a
number of strong encryptions algorithms, complete, written in C.

This floppy disk containing the same source code has been ruled a
munition, and may not be exported.

Apparently, the US Government believes that only US citizens are capable
of typing on a keyboard.

Justin Dolske <URL:>
Graduate Fellow / Research Associate at The Ohio State University, CIS Dept.
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