The funny thing is that this will just obliterate what little economy they still had in that area and send the whole thing overseas. So the net result will be, if anything, even less control over that software than before. Good jawb guys!
And piss off people that might otherwise be on their side. "To fight our enemies, we need to make more enemies!"
It also assumes that the best such tools come from America.
And doing crap like this makes sure that if it is still the case, it will not be for long. Development with either move, or get surpassed.
Ah, but this time it's different!
Yes. The companies already know how to set up foreign subsidiaries that will officially develop the tools restricted by this so there is no export. They learned from last time.
It's not illegal to steal bits.
Tell that to the RIAA and MPAA, and those asshats in Germany. Oh, and the City of London Police...
I'm not sure now stealing crypto-currencies can be a crime. They're not money. They're hardly property. They don't have any real value.