On Fri, May 05, 2006 at 03:44:35PM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
> ExportControls <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> > Additionally, because FreeBSD contains what is considered "strong 
> > cryptography", French authorities (the "DCSSI") requires that an 
> > authorisation is obtained for the item if it is to be imported to, 
> > supplied in, used in, or exported from France. 

FreeBSD is partly developed in France, if that makes any difference.

> > It is Reuters policy to be complaint with all relevant regulations in the 
> > countries they operate, and as Reuters will potentially be doing all of 
> > the activities mentioned above it is essential that they obtain the 
> > relevant authorisation from the DCSSI prior to importing to, supplying in, 
> > using in, or exporting FreeBSD from France. Consequently, Reuters cannot 
> > export FreeBSD from its server in the US to its French offices until said 
> > authorisation has been obtained.
> > 
> > Therefore, we would appreciate if you could investigate whether such an 
> > authorisation has been obtained for FreeBSD v4.1, alternatively refer us 
> > to a legal contact that may be able to answer our query.

Without wishing to offend him, Bill is just a user of FreeBSD, the same
as Reuters.  He is unlikely to wish to do that job for you.

Try the FreeBSD Foundation, contacted via  They are the closest
thing we have to legal representation.

The answer to your question, however, is extremely likely to be "no".
There is no money for that.

That must be wonderful!  I don't understand it at all.
                                                  -- Moliere

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