[Discuss] public files vs export control laws

Tom Igoe tom.igoe at gmail.com
Fri May 10 17:38:22 UTC 2013

I'd have to agree, Malcolm.

malcolm stanley <a.malcolm.stanley at gmail.com> wrote:

>My experience with Export Control for encryption technologies used in
>consumer devices, instantiated as DRM solutions for Video on Demand
>suggests to me that the exception being sought is somewhat ...
>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>
>> 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
>> off of them, can do so. Export control is a legal regime that makes
>> 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
>> good example.
>> It would seem that we now have our test case. The State Department
>> ordered Defense Distributed to stop that whole "sharing guns" thing
>> they review whether or not making them internationally available
>> International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
>> 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
>> have internet access and there is a single bookstore in Austin
>> the published plans.
>> Getting any kind of official exception to export control for open
>> technology development would be a huge win. It would pave the way for
>> more ambitious projects.
>> -Matt
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