Re: Intent to Package: bladeenc 0.81
On Thu, Jul 01, 1999 at 02:25:04PM -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 01, 1999 at 02:10:40PM -0400, Brian Ristuccia wrote:
> > Unless there are any objections, I will download this package from Tord
> > Jansson's site in .se to pandora (a non-US machine in .nl) within the next
> > few days, apply my patch to debianize it on pandora, and place the results
> > in incoming on that machine.
> > Here's the contents of the copyright file I prepared:
> > It was downloaded from
> > <http://home.swipnet.se/~w-82625/encoder/source/bladeenc-081-src-stable.tar.gz>
> > Copyright:
> > BladeEnc is free software, distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public
> > License. See the file /usr/doc/copyright/LGPL, BladeEnc's homepage
> > <http://www.bladeenc.cjb.net> or <http://www.fsf.org/> for more details.
> I have an objection. US crypto laws do not allow you to even aide in the
> "developement" of crypto remotely (like what you want to do, and yes
> compiling is considered developement).
There's a precident for the legal export of cryptography already in the US.
I belive DJB won his case. But it's not an issue, as bladeenc is a mp3
encoder, not cryptographic software.
> Please don't toy with US export laws at Debian's expense. If you want to
> challenge the laws, get your own server please.
As best I know, this matter is not covered by US export laws. It's covered
by patent law. It seems you've done something similar with gimp-nonfree. You
also live in the US, correct?
Let's see what debian-legal has to say. I haven't got a straight yes or no
from them yet.
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