The Munitions Maker Graphic - rsa2d.gif
graphic at right is the
3 line RSA program
encoded as a
2D bar code using
software from IDAT.
It is in the PDF417 format. It is shown at actual size,
but at screen resolution.
The full image is
available for printing at 300 dpi.
Some courts think that the first amendment stops and
the controversial ITAR regulations pick up for any
"encryption software on a machine readable media".
If something fits that definition, then it
is classified as a "munition" and regulated just like tanks,
jet-fighters, etc. A 2D barcode is machine readable (that is
the whole point). So printing this graphic instantly turns any paper
into a government controlled weapon!
Campaign for Web Page Munitions
If you just print this page you will have a munition. If this graphic
is included in random web pages, when those are printed they will
become munitions. If you would like to protest ITAR, you could
include this graphic in your page.
Technically, sending a piece of paper with this on it
outside the USA is
international arms trafficking.
rsa2d.gif graphic is in the public domain, it is "copy-please".
Please copy it onto
books, user manuals, postcards, stamps, etc.
It would be nice
if you mention the URL,
but this is not required.
For more information on 2D barcodes check out
Russ Adams 2D page.
Vince Cate of
Offshore Information Services Ltd
I know computers with OCR software can read regular print.
And yes, I am sure there are people working for the enemies of the
US government who can type in 3 lines of text (or even longer
programs). It makes as much sense for the government to
claim that first amendment "freedom of speech, or of the press"
does not apply to ink-jet printers, as to claim it does not apply to
"machine readable media". But ITAR is a real law, I am not making