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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy free-sw.html
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 04:41:56 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       13/06/18 04:41:56

Modified files:
        philosophy     : free-sw.html 

Log message:
        A trivial export control requirement is not an actual problem.


Index: free-sw.html
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/free-sw.html,v
retrieving revision 1.121
retrieving revision 1.122
diff -u -b -r1.121 -r1.122
--- free-sw.html        27 May 2013 03:49:32 -0000      1.121
+++ free-sw.html        18 Jun 2013 04:41:56 -0000      1.122
@@ -229,8 +229,18 @@
 is refuse to impose them as conditions of use of the program.  In this
 way, the restrictions will not affect activities and people outside the
 jurisdictions of these governments.  Thus, free software licenses
-must not require obedience to any export regulations as a condition of
-any of the essential freedoms.
+must not require obedience to any nontrivial export regulations as a
+condition of exercising any of the essential freedoms.
+Merely mentioning the existence of export regulations, without making
+them a condition of the license itself, is acceptable since it does
+not restrict users.  If an export regulation is actually trivial for
+free software, then requiring it as a condition is not an actual
+problem; however, it is a potential problem, since a later change in
+export law could make the requirement nontrivial and thus render the
+software nonfree.
@@ -340,6 +350,10 @@
+1.122</a>: An export control requirement is a real problem if the
+requirement is nontrivial; otherwise it is only a potential problem.</li>
 1.111</a>: Clarify 1.77 by saying that only
 retroactive <em>restrictions</em> are unacceptable.  The copyright
@@ -466,7 +480,7 @@
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-$Date: 2013/05/27 03:49:32 $
+$Date: 2013/06/18 04:41:56 $
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