Re: export regulations
Posted Jan 18, 2005 19:05 UTC (Tue) by roelofs
In reply to: IBM's "open source" definition
Parent article: IBM's patent pledge
Specifically, if you're writing code in the U.S. and include certain algorithms, your code falls under the Commerce Department's export regulations. If you don't qualify for the "Unrestricted" license exception, you might have to keep track of exactly who is getting copies of your code and ensuring that nobody from certain nations is. I believe this situation would impact any company developing what would otherwise be open source software according to the accepted definition, but I'm not positive.
The only such software with which I'm familiar relates to cryptographic algorithms, and there's a separate exemption ("TSE," I think) for that (in the context of open-source software). See this for details, for example.
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