Crypto and export laws

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Sep 25 17:56:57 CEST 2009


Piet van Oostrum wrote:
>>>>>> "M.-A. Lemburg" <mal at egenix.com> (M-L) wrote:
> 
>> M-L> Depending on how close a country follows the Wassenaar
>> M-L> Arrangement (http://www.wassenaar.org/) OpenSSL, Python
>> M-L> and all other open-source software falls under the
>> M-L> GENERAL SOFTWARE NOTE part 2.:
> 
>> 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> """
> 
>> M-L> If you're shipping a closed-source product that includes
>> M-L> OpenSSL, then you'd have to follow the rules in category 5
>> M-L> part 2 of the dual-use list:
> 
>> M-L> http://www.wassenaar.org/publicdocuments/index_CL.html
> 
> 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,
> AFAIK. 

As already mentioned in the thread, the "in the public domain" phrase
in the WA list refers to anything that is available to anyone
without restrictions to dissemination, e.g. open-source software,
freeware, etc.

For things you sell, the more restrictive cat. 5 part 2 note
applies if you ship crypto code.

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