From: Walter Roberson <>
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us wrote:
> "Bruno Luong"
>> As far as I know, the news group can be frequented by anyone, not only people in the US or in other country that is concerned by the treaty. OP has the right to ask. If someone here is prohibited by the law to give out the code, that&#8217;s their problems, and not OP&#8217;s. He has the right to ask and he did not do anything wrong here as far as I see it...
> i second bruno's (and roger's) view...

Perhaps you missed the portion of my earlier reply that went,

>>> If you want the code, you will have to track it down yourself in a public
>>> publication, or from a country that is not a signatory to ITAR, such
>>> North Korea or Iran. For those of us in countries which have signed ITAR,
>>> sending you the code could be a one-way trip to prison. 

> walter, i also feel that this discussion is taking a slightly wrong turn...

The following article subsection provides interesting background reading
for anyone who works in computer security or cryptography and might
at some point wish to visit the United States.

  The DMCA has had an impact on the worldwide cryptography research community,
  since an argument can be made that any cryptanalytic research violates, or might
  violate, the DMCA. The arrest of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov in 2001, for
  alleged infringement of the DMCA, was a highly publicized example of the law's use
  to prevent or penalize development of anti-DRM measures.[12] While working for
  Elcomsoft in Russia, he developed The Advanced eBook Processor, a software application
  allowing users to strip usage restriction information from restricted e-books, an
  activity legal in both Russia and the United States.[13] Paradoxically, under the DMCA,
  it is not legal in the United States to provide such a tool. Sklyarov was arrested in
  the United States after presenting a speech at DEF CON and subsequently spent nearly
  a month in jail.[14] The DMCA has also been cited as chilling to legitimate users,
  such as students of cryptanalysis (including, in a well-known instance, Professor
  Edward Felten and students at Princeton[15]), and security consultants such as
  Niels Ferguson, who has declined to publish information about vulnerabilities he
  discovered in an Intel secure-computing scheme because of his concern about being
  arrested under the DMCA when he travels to the US.

For reasons indicated in my earlier posting, this quotation is provided for
information purposes only.