Crypto and export laws

Mel mwilson at
Fri Sep 25 14:58:43 CEST 2009

Piet van Oostrum wrote:

>>>>>> "M.-A. Lemburg" <mal at> (M-L) wrote:
[ ... ]
>>M-L> """
>>M-L> The Lists do not control "software" which is either:
>>M-L> 1. ...
>>M-L> 2. "In the public domain".
>>M-L> """
[ ... ]
> But Python is not in the public domain. Open source != public domain.
> Public domain means there is no copyright and no license attached to it,

I believe that "public domain" has different meanings in copyright law and 
in crypto law.  In crypto law I think it means "generally available", in 
that it's silly to impose import or export restrictions on something that's 
already obtainable everywhere.


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