[sword-devel] Legal ?

Michael Paul Johnson sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 16:22:19 -0700

At 00:12 11/19/1999 +0000, you wrote:
>I want to add a mail to the traffic ;-)
>Is it legal to suppose users of BibleTime (who asked for the cipher keys) to
>supscribe to the devel list to get the keys?

Probably not.

>It is legal to have a copyrighted modul (with key) without a printed 
>version at

Yes, if the copyrighted module has been copied with the copyright owner's 
permission (which usually means royalty paid).

>Am I right that a binary distributed BibleTime (with static linked sword) with
>linked  sapphire is legal to export?

Yes. In fact, you can legally export the source from Germany, as far as I 
know. I don't know all of the German laws, but there are a lot of publicly 
accessible cryptographic programs published on German servers. It is also 
perfectly legal to import strong cryptographic software into the USA, so 
there is no problem posting it there (as long as you don't get your copy 
directly from the USA or Canada to post).


Michael Paul Johnson