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[Paparazzi-devel] Re: Several Issues about Purchasing Paparazzi Hardware

From: James Peverill
Subject: [Paparazzi-devel] Re: Several Issues about Purchasing Paparazzi Hardware
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 07:23:46 -0400
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I would suggest anyone in the US considering shipping PPZ hardware to China (or anywhere overseas) talk to a lawyer versed in export control law. The penalties for knowingly violating the laws can be very stiff (ie jail time and/or huge fines). In particular, the US maintains an arms embargo against China so the rules are more strict.

Unfortunately US export laws governing UAV technologies are very strict. Since Paparazzi is not a military product, it should not be covered under the ITAR (which would explicitly restrict any export without requesting permission for each individual export). However, general export restrictions do cover "Navigation and Avionics" technologies which may restrict export to China. Whether an unprogrammed paparazzi autopilot is still covered is debatable, but again I'd talk to a lawyer.

Anyways, I don't want to bring down the list, or insult our researchers in China, but I'd hate to see someone unknowingly run afoul of these laws. I'm not a fan of these restrictions but unfortunately people in the US need to be mindful of them.


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