Re: Software and the First Amendment

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From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 14:04:48 PDT

Antoun Nabhan writes:
> But then you can say that writing crypto code, which the goverment says is
> primarily of use to drug traffickers and traitors, is the kind of software
> that you "should know" will be used nefariously. You're a criminal in the
> same way that someone who carries a stranger's package, of undescribed
> contents, into an airport "should know" that what they're carrying is
> probably contraband.

Unenforcible legislation is not worth the dead tree it's printed

Unless you outlaw open source, mandate use of proprietary fed-approved
hard- and software and stud the network with snoopboxes, and create
draconian punishments (you use crypto, you go to jail for a few years
with a very high probability), you can't prevent free speech on the

Somehow, I don't see it happen.

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