Fingerprinting legal issues update
Thanks for the responses to my plea for help up to this point. I’ve also contacted a few people who I’m waiting for responses from.
I’ve been told that most of NFIS2 will become a downloadable open source project soon, which is encouraging. However, this project will NOT include the fingerprint matching algorithm, instead it will only include the analysis tools. This implies that scope of the export control issues is limited only to the actual matching and identification part, and leaves me with exactly the same problem.
I’ve also been informed that NFIS2 distribution is subject to ECCN 3D980. Basically, if your export can be classified under the ECCN, you need a license before you can export it (at least this my is interpretation, which may be wrong). Such licenses aren’t exactly open-source compatible.
Previously I was only looking under category 4 (Computers) but apparently they also put software under category 3 (Electronics). Here’s the text of 3D980:
“Software” specially designed for the “development”, “production”, or “use” of items controlled by 3A980 and 3A981.
3A980 is unrelated, but 3A981 says:
Polygraphs (except biomedical recorders designed for use in medical facilities for monitoring biological and neurophysical responses); fingerprint analyzers, cameras and equipment, n.e.s.; automated fingerprint and identification retrieval systems, n.e.s.; psychological stress analysis equipment; electronic monitoring restraint devices; and specially designed parts and accessories, n.e.s.
Opinions or thoughts on the interpretation of this new info are much appreciated.