[gpgtools-users] [gpgtools-devel] Joint OpenPGP (JS) implementation

Nicholas Cole nicholas.cole at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 21:46:33 CET 2011

On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM, Werner Koch <wk at gnupg.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:25, nicholas.cole at gmail.com said:
>> The GPG project itself must have hit many of these issues.  Is there a
> No, we don't.  GnuPG has originally been developed in Germany because we
> have been able to do that without being affected by the US _export_
> restrictions.  We had to reject any contributions from US citizens or
> from people living the the US.  That changed by end of 2000 when the
> export restrictions were basically dropped for all kind of freely
> available software.  In the US you only need to send an announcement
> mail to some address of the US Department of Commerce to contribute to a
> crypto project.  I don't have the details at hand, because I am not
> affected ;-)
> We still keep the GnuPG infrastructure (e.g. the primary FTP server) in
> Europe to be prepared for the case that the US start to restrict crypto
> again.

The rules seem so complicated that even from the UK (that is, within
the E.U.) I can't work out what the rules for open source are!

What a mess!


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