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    Question SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    - SourceFroge have banned countries in the sanction list form downloading.

    SouceForge.net term of use.


    I will count the services that if have faced problem with:

    1- code.google.com
    2- Sun website ( java, netbeans , virtualbox, etc ...)
    3- WLM ( need to change country to have access to the service )

    This is what i can remember now.

    some websites will give you a timeout message if try to access it, but if
    you used proxy or VPN connection the website will open without problem.

    my point is where is the freedom to get, contribute, involve, and whatever.


    what is your opinion ?
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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Seems to be caused by US law so you can't blame SourceForge. But it's a good reason not to host OpenSource projects on servers in the USA.
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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    That sucks

    It's not like it's the governments that suffer when ill-thought out measures like this are applied.
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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by diesch View Post
    Seems to be caused by US law so you can't blame SourceForge. But it's a good reason not to host OpenSource projects on servers in the USA.
    But... but... but... How can this be?!?! Why, just recently, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been calling for an uncensored Internet. Another case of "do what we say, not what we do?"

    Sometimes my own country embarrasses the hell out of me .

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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Typical USGov't reaction. We have a big problem in Washington, it's called "idiocy".

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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by JSeymour View Post
    But... but... but... How can this be?!?! Why, just recently, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been calling for an uncensored Internet. Another case of "do what we say, not what we do?"
    "The State Department has $5 million available in funds appropriated by Congress last year for organizations that promote technologies to get around firewalls," - maybe one should ask get some money to provide tools to circumvent access restrictions caused by US law.


    Quote Originally Posted by JSeymour View Post
    Sometimes my own country embarrasses the hell out of me .
    This "censorship is evil - except if we do it" attitude isn't uniq to the US. We have it here in Germany too
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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Here is a explanation from SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/blog/clarifyi...e-with-us-law/
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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Thansk diesch.


    i think for the time being we will use proxy services to access SourceForge.net

    but i hope that they add a mirror outside the US.

    and thanks god that Launchpad.net is not in US.

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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    What militarily sensitive software does SF distribute?

    Just curious
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    Re: SourceForge.net banned Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iran and North Korea

    Anything with high-level encription is subject to US export control laws.
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