[Python-Dev] Support for Encrypted Zip as python scripts

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Aug 24 16:46:09 CEST 2009

On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 1:54 AM, Jeroen Ruigrok van der
Werven<asmodai at in-nomine.org> wrote:
> -On [20090823 22:10], Guido van Rossum (guido at python.org) wrote:
>>Also, I suppose there could be (US) export problems with the code, so it
>>would have to be optional (and we might not be able to build it into
>>binaries we distribute from python.org).
> For all I know the website and repository are both located @ the XS4All
> colocation, so how does US export problems apply? It would apply if the box
> would've been hosted in the USA, but they're not for all I know.
> It's one of the reasons FreeBSD had their ebones repository located in Zuid
> Afrika back in the day. Nowadays they can just include all the relevant bits
> in the repository. So I wonder how applicable the entire US export
> restriction still is nowadays.
> In short: I don't think we have much to worry about.

Are you a lawyer? Do you know the legal history of Python
distributions and the US export laws? It's not so easy -- for one, the
PSF (a US foundation) owns the copyright.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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