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Old 10-15-2005, 01:32 PM   #1
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Knoppix Cryptographic software


When I look at a mirror site for Knoppix, I see a note that says "... IN SOME COUNTRIES THE CRYPTOGRAPHIC SOFTWARE AND OTHER COMPONENTS ON THE CD ARE GOVERNED BY EXPORT REGULATIONS AND THUS MAY NOT BE FREELY COPIED AS IS OTHERWISE NORMAL FOR SOFTWARE UNDER THE GPL LICENSE..." What software does this refer to? What countries does are included in the list? Is it OK to use this software in the US without purchasing some sort of license and signing some type of agreement.

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Old 10-16-2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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What this usually means is that there are bits of software that may contain the ability to encrypt or decrypt at such a high rate as to violate laws regarding these limits. For example, there may be something in there ( I don't know off the top of my head) that encrypts something at 128bit where current law states you can only export software that can only do 64 bit encryption. These are usually enemy or terrorist sponsoring countries (Libya, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Canada....ok I'm kidding about the Canada part.. ) You do not need to purchase any license to use this software, it's just warning you that if you do export this software (uploading, shipping a cd, etc.) to one of those listed countries, you may be in trouble with the law. Usually when you download Knoppix or any other type of software such as that, it's included that you agree by downloading that you are not going to export the software to any of those countries. Hope that helps you out!

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Old 10-17-2005, 06:38 PM   #3
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Travis,

Thanks for the response.

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Old 10-17-2005, 06:49 PM   #4
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Always welcome. Be sure to come back to this site from time to time whenever you have a problem/question and I/We will be glad to help.

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