[Discuss] public files vs export control laws

malcolm stanley a.malcolm.stanley at gmail.com
Fri May 10 15:13:22 UTC 2013

My experience with Export Control for encryption technologies used in
consumer devices, instantiated as DRM solutions for Video on Demand movies,
suggests to me that the exception being sought is somewhat ... unrealistic.

Weaponization of any technology is probably a poor strategy for
accomplishing the acheivement of a waiver from regulation.

malcolm stanley

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On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is a dilemma that's been building up for a while now. Open source is
> all about sharing ideas so that anyone who wants to build them, or build
> off of them, can do so. Export control is a legal regime that makes sharing
> of certain ideas with non-authorized entities a federal crime.
> Those of you who were at the hardware documentation jam might remember the
> subject of legal constraints coming up, but at the time I didn't have a
> good example.
> It would seem that we now have our test case. The State Department has
> ordered Defense Distributed to stop that whole "sharing guns" thing while
> they review whether or not making them internationally available violates
> International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/09/state-department-demands-takedown-of-3d-printable-gun-for-possible-export-control-violation/
> Cody Wilson, a law student, says that what he's doing falls into a
> protected exception for non-profit public domain research. His argument is
> that the files are "stored in a library" in the sense that all libraries
> have internet access and there is a single bookstore in Austin providing
> the published plans.
> Getting any kind of official exception to export control for open source
> technology development would be a huge win. It would pave the way for much
> more ambitious projects.
> -Matt
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