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Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

Friday May 7th, 1999

With the latest ruling against crypto-export laws, some of you have been wondering how this applies to Mozilla (if at all). Well, we're not sure, but I bet there are a few developers that would be willing to enlighten us on this subject. If any of you know more about how this ruling affects Mozilla, please respond in the talkback to this item...


#1 Re:Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

by Kommet

Friday May 7th, 1999 11:56 AM

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It really depends on what happens in the appeals process. If the ruling stands with all the courts, all the way up, it looks like the crypto laws will be repealed.

Congress could try to get an injunction while it wrote and voted on a new version of the laws that might pass in the court, but if the Supremes back the current ruling, Congress would be wasting its time.

Basically, Netscape would be able to release all the crypto code for everything. HTTPS code, certificates, and all the rest, so,long as it wasn't licensed would be open on Mozilla. Cryptozilla would be able to fold their efforts into the old source, or more likely use bits of the old code in their work.

Basically, it is about damn time the export restrictions fell. The laws are a joke anyways, especially since PGP was legally exported in book form as source code and then scanned in overseas. After that happened, anyone anywhere could have strong encryption.