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ComputerWorld: U.S. May Soften Source-Code Export Policy

Oct 25, 1999, 15:50 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

"A U.S. Department of Commerce official last week said the Clinton administration may reconsider its restriction on exporting source code for programs using strong encryption."

"Many commercial software companies don't publish the underlying source code for their programs because they consider it proprietary information. But an increasing number of businesses are using open-source software, such as the Linux operating system, which makes their source code freely available to anyone."

"William Reinsch, an undersecretary of Commerce, said vendors and users of open-source programs such as Linux complained about restrictions on source code after the administration announced last month that it would allow the export of compiled programs using strong encryption..."

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