Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Fraught With Portent!

The US government has very strict rules on "exports", with the potential for this to be applied to a lot of collaborative open source projects in a very, very bad way.

Firefox took the initiative.  They petitioned the government for an exemption to the exports rules.

They got it.

The ONLY bad thing about this is that Firefox is covered under the Mozilla license.  The reason it's bad is because, with the GPL, ANY benefit you get must be passed on to EVERYONE.  I would love to see GPL'ed projects get this protection....

...oh wait, we just might.  Firefox has been sharing what they did to get the exemption and what they had to do to qualify.  So, potentially, any FOSS project just has to follow their map, and it's freedom for everyone....

Oh, Mr. Torvalds!  Assuming you haven't thought of it yet (highly unlikely), I have a suggestion for you....
Tags: computers, digital rights, foss, linux, open source
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