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To whom do import laws apply?

Import laws apply to the one who imports. In your scenario that is the person in country A only. The server owner does not cause the digital content to be transmitted to A. The one who downloads does.
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What exactly makes encryption a weapon?

Encryption is not a weapon. Encryption, or rather cryptographic technology and systems, is a munition. What makes it a munition is the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) managed by the ...
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How to get approval to give my book to a friend?

There is something wrong-sounding about that claim. Owning a thing (such as a book) means that you can dispose of it however you want. If it is a physical book, then unless this is a book of top ...
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(How) Can I easily export produce from Serbia to Sweden via Hungary?

Serbia is not in the EU nor internal market, so when importing products you would have to follow specific product requirements, pay eventual import duties and internal taxes (VAT). I would recommend ...
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Confusion about USA export regulations regarding electronics

It is hard to know with certainty why this distinction was made in this case. There is a fair amount of gamesmanship that goes into having a device classified as an administrative matter in dealings ...
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How to get approval to give my book to a friend?

You need to submit an application to the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), or State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), or the Bureau of Industry ...
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Are encryption apps (iOS) exempt from US Export Regulations if released to the US App Store only?

Update (12/2/16) - Just received the following confirmation from Apple Export Compliance: The [redacted] app presently uploaded into your account CAN BE legally released to US and Canada only, it ...
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What exactly makes encryption a weapon?

I'll give the explanation for the thinking here. Since that is what you seem to be asking about. Please, don't take it to mean that I am endorsing this point of view. In the sword/shield analogy, ...
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What exactly makes encryption a weapon?

I sense the classification of cryptography as a munition is a relic from the past. Cryptography has historically been the domain of the military Look at this NY Times article from 1996, for example. ...
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Reclaim VAT after buying a car to be exported from Germany to outside EU

1: yes, if you legally export it and get the right paperwork. Which for cars you need anway. Practically you will loose some of the VAT for a refund company, OR spend a lot of time processing it - it ...
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Is exporting software with cryptographic functions legal in the United Kingdom?

For the actual legal situation you would need a lawyer, but I can tell you from personal experience that Apple's AppStore requires you to provide an "ITS Encryption Export Compliance Code" if you use ...
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Confusion about USA export regulations regarding electronics

@lexx32117 - I live in this classification space daily and can assure you a large % of 'items' (HW or SW) with cryptographic functionality that do not have 'Information Security' as a primary function/...
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To comply to GDPR, are social networks required to have a button to "Export your Data"?

It's definitely enough to respond to requests the controller is sent - note this could be by any means, e.g. email, twitter if you operate an account, etc. The controller would still need to do ...
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Iran Technology Sanction

The order (effective in a few hours) is here. There is no general list of reasons, though in a specific case one might be able to find evidence as to why a certain item was restricted. However, you ...
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Using hash functions to bypass Cold War-era crypto export restrictions

To answer my own question: Since it seems there were no restrictions on the security of hash algorithms, and as it is technically possible to create a symmetric cipher using a hash algorithm, would ...
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(How) Can I easily export produce from Serbia to Sweden via Hungary?

Familiarize yourself with the alcohol monopoly in Sweden Regarding the wine, you should familiarize yourself with the Swedish alcohol monopoly: In Sweden, only Systembolaget is allowed to sell wine. ...
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Distributing a free iOS app to Iranian users

From the OFAC website: Submitting an Application for a Specific License: Applicants must first select the type of application that will be submitted from the following choices: ...
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Are encryption apps (iOS) exempt from US Export Regulations if released to the US App Store only?

I had to appeal the decision. Stating: I answered Yes to Question 2 because the app was only being released in Canada and the US. (Company Name) only intends to release the app “(app name)” in the ...
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