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Re: Spam the Sign!
Actually, the application of the law tends to be far more reasonable than
non-lawyers believe. This is one of the hardest things to get law
students to believe. But it is a human process, not a mechancial one.
If you sell a product legally in the US, taking reasonable precautions to
observe the ITAR and making clear to your customers what their obligations
are, you have essentially zero risk. How do I know this? Many, many,
many people do exactly that every day, and none have AFAIK even been
threatened with prosecution. This is NOT IMHO how the ITAR restricts
intra-US trade. The ITAR restrict intra-US trade by inducing people to
make only exportable products so that they don't have the trouble of
supporting two different versions, doing 2 kinds of paperwork, etc.
OTOH, if you hand software to someone to put on an FTP site, nudge,
nudge, wink, wink let's hope it doesn't get exported, ha, ha, then you
really are guilty of trying to end-run the ITAR, and they feds may give
you a hard time, which after all is their job if you are breaking federal
None of this of course goes to the question of whether the ITAR is
good/bad or un/constitutional.
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