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21-03-2016, 21:14 door Anoniem

Of programmacode onder de vrijheid van meningsuiting valt? PGP heeft een interessante situatie opgeleverd toen het exporteren van sterke encryptie uit de VS verboden was omdat het als export van munitie te boek stond: Zimmermann challenged these regulations in an imaginative way. He published the entire source code of PGP in a hardback book, via MIT Press, which was distributed and sold widely. Anybody wishing to build their own copy of PGP could cut off the covers, separate the pages, and scan them using an OCR program (or conceivably enter it as a type-in program if OCR software was not available), creating a set of source code text files. One could then build the application using the freely available GNU Compiler Collection. PGP would thus be available anywhere in the world. The claimed principle was simple: export of munitions—guns, bombs, planes, and software—was (and remains) restricted; but the export of books is protected by the First Amendment. En de First Amendment gaat over de vrijheid van ...

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