Re: Bug#200411: www.debian.org: confusing description of non-US sections
On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 06:15:35AM -0700, Matt Kraai wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 03:01:17AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 07, 2003 at 09:59:34PM -0700, Matt Kraai wrote:
> > > Index: english/distrib/packages.wml
> > > ===================================================================
> > > RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/distrib/packages.wml,v
> > > retrieving revision 1.51
> > > diff -3 -c -p -u -r1.51 packages.wml
> > > --- english/distrib/packages.wml 6 Feb 2003 18:12:17 -0000 1.51
> > > +++ english/distrib/packages.wml 8 Jul 2003 04:52:18 -0000
> > > ...
> > > + <dt><em>Non-US/Non-Free</em></dt>
> > > + <dd>Packages in this area do not necessarily cost money, but
> > > + have some onerous license condition restricting use or
> > > + redistribution of the software. They cannot be exported from
> > > + the USA because they are encryption software packages or they
> > > + cannot be stored on a server in the USA because are encumbered
> > > + by patent issues.</dd>
> > > </dl></blockquote>
> > >
> > > <p>Note that same packages might appear in several distributions, but with
> > Looks okay. I suggest the following further changes:
> > s/encryption software packages/& that are not exempted from the export
> > control procedure that is used for packages in Main/
> I find this last change confusing. If they are "not exempted"
> from the export control procedure, it should apply to them. How
> They cannot be exported from the U.S. because they are encryption
> software packages that are not covered by the export control
> procedure that is used for packages in Main...
IANAL, TINLA, IANADD
"... are not covered by the U.S. export control license
exception which applies to most free software. Specifically
license exception TSU as specified in EAR 740.13(e) and other
paragraphs of 740.13, see
The top of that file lists various situations in which the
exception does not apply, so there may be a few packages that
still need to be in non-us/main for export control reasons.
Other related documents are at
Also note that the patent problem does not appear to be going
away any time soon, rather it seems that the number of safe
non-US mirror locations seems to be shrinking.
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