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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...


#19 Re:Crypto Ruling and Mozilla

by Bradley Robinson <brobinson@mail.gcnet.net>

Saturday May 8th, 1999 5:25 PM

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If enough of the US Congress and the states want to ban the export of strong encryption, then it's not impossible for them to make an amendment that does just that. The 16th amendment to the US Constitution, the "Income Tax Amendment" was in response to a Supreme Court ruling that it was unconstitutional. If they pass an amendment that said something like

----------------------------------- Encryption code in either 'source' or 'binary' form is hereby not covered under the 1st amendment of the Constitution and is hereby defined as a military weapon.....

(The rest would set punishment and would give the Congress the ability to enforce the amendment with proper legislation) ----------------------------------

it would give them the ability to control encrytion code originating within the US the same way they can control a cruise missile or any other type of "military weapon". Let's just find out what the Supreme Court has to say. BTW, how much of Congress do the Democrats control? Remember, they don't represent their state, they represent their party :-(