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Re: [gNewSense-users] more x-org stuff

From: Kevin Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] more x-org stuff
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 16:17:16 -0500

I beleive this issue, if not on this exact package came up and I think
I agreed with Justin's assessment. This line is stupidly placed in a
copyright file but doesn't add any additional restrictions to the user
anymore than stating "Do not carry an ice cream cone in your back
pocket in Kentucky" does - the laws don't affect those outside of
Kentucky and those in the given are are required to do that anyway.

On Jan 23, 2008 4:13 PM, Justin Baugh <address@hidden> wrote:
>  > I think the license of xserver-xorg-driver-nsc isn't free because the
>  > section containing: "Under CURRENT (2001) U.S. export regulations this
>  > software is eligible for export from the U.S. and can be downloaded by
>  > or otherwise exported or reexported worldwide EXCEPT to U.S. embargoed
>  > destinations which include Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran,
>  > Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan and any other country to which the U.S. has
>  > embargoed goods and services." may not suit freedom 2: The freedom to
>  > redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. So i disagree with
>  > bbrian regarding this point.
>  >
>  >
>  > This one is most likely freedom-limiting.
> This discussion strikes me as being kind of silly. The reason why it
> can't be exported is likely because it contains cryptographic elements,
> which the US (and a lot of other countries) count as munitions and/or
> items which are restricted for export (see EAR/ITAR in the US).
> This argument can be drawn out to the point of absurdity: According to
> the ASF, most Apache projects contain elements which are export
> restricted. Would you remove them from gNewSense as well?
> In addition: The software license is not what restricts the
> distribution,  but the *law* of the country you are residing. That is an
> important point to remember. All this paragraph says is: "If you export
> this, you may wish to follow the laws of the country in which you reside."
> -Justin
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> Justin Baugh (baughj at gnu dot org)
> Senior Systems Administrator
> Free Software Foundation
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