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[News] Firefox Not Bound by Strange US Law of Financial Strangulation

  • Subject: [News] Firefox Not Bound by Strange US Law of Financial Strangulation
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2009 23:56:38 +0100
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Mozilla Firefox Cleared of U.S Export Rules

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| Vendors with normal software containing encryption are required to 
| file for a license exception, but that regulation offers an 
| exemption to open source vendors.
| However, that exemption is nullified if the source code is 
| distributed to any of the countries on the U.S embargo list, such 
| as Cuba, Iran or North Korea. Under the open source export 
| exemption, the project isn't supposed to have knowledge of 
| distribution to any of the embargoed countries, Anderson said. 


Mozilla Firefox Not In Violation of US Export Rules

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| "While the internet may know no borders, the US government does. 
| There are a number of rules that affect software vendors, 
| including encryption export regulations from the US Department of 
| Commerce and export sanctions by the Department of Treasury. But 
| what do you do when your application is open source and freely 
| available to anyone in the world? Do the same the rules apply? 
| It's a question that Mozilla asked the US government about. The 
| answer they received could have profound implications not just for 
| Firefox but for all open source software vendors. 'We really 
| couldn't accept the notion that these government rules could 
| jeopardize the participatory nature of an open source project, so 
| we sought to challenge it,' Harvey Anderson, VP and General 
| Counsel of Mozilla, told InternetNews.com. 'We argued that First 
| Amendment free speech rights would prevail in this scenario. The 
| government took our filing and then we got back a no-violation 
| letter, which is fantastic.'"



Mozilla Foundation speeds up Firefox development

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| Mozilla has switched to a quick-paced "sprint" cycle for Firefox
| that it hopes will bring new features to users faster, the
| company's browser architect said today.

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