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Export Controls

Export Controls

Export Controls

Export controls are legal and regulatory measures implemented by countries to control the export of sensitive goods, technology, software, and information for reasons related to national security, foreign policy, or economic protection.

These controls often require exporters to secure a license before shipping certain products or technology abroad, especially if these items have potential military applications or if they're being shipped to certain countries.


Intersection With Open Source

  • The United States regulates the export of non-standard cryptography under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which classifies cryptographic items as "dual-use" commodities, software, or technology that have both civilian and military applications, and require an export license depending on the encryption strength, end-use, or destination country.

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  • Your policy will have to make a clear distinction between "exporting" and "contributing into an open source repository".