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Open (or somehow open) Source

Postby Kambiz » October 25th, 2010, 6:45 pm

Because of embargo against Iran, I get used to see 403 Forbidden message when accessing some regular websites. But I don't understand why SourceForge is banning us.

Is SourceForge owning the open source codes? Or just hosting them?

Maybe I misunderstood the meanings of open source and public domain. Please, someone enlighten me!
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Re: Open (or somehow open) Source

Postby cozturk » November 2nd, 2010, 4:35 pm

Hi Kambiz,
with
http://www.ktunnel.com/
still 403 Frobidden problem?
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Re: Open (or somehow open) Source

Postby Kambiz » November 2nd, 2010, 8:30 pm

Hi there,

Thanks for the link, but it is blocked by the mullahs in this side! :)

I have set up my own tunneling, and I don't have problem to connect to any site.

Being blocked by both parties, this is the bothering thing.

It's the situation that bothers me.
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Re: Open (or somehow open) Source

Postby cralias » November 16th, 2010, 3:33 pm

From Sourceforge.net Terms Of Use:
Prohibited Persons
You represent you are not a person on a list barring you from receiving services under U.S. laws or other applicable jurisdiction, including without limitations, the Denied Persons List and the Entity List, and other lists issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, detailed at http://www.bis.doc.gov/complianceandenf ... oCheck.htm (or successor sites thereto). Users residing in countries on the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control sanction list, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, may not post Content to, or access Content available through, SourceForge.net.


SOURCEFORGE.NET SITE INFORMATION
IP: 216.34.181.60
IP Location: Cary, United States

Having their servers on U.S. soil, they are under the jurisdiction of U.S. laws. I doubt that Sourceforge people have any personal dislike for people of Iran or of any other banned country.
It's just that dura lex, sed lex. No one wants to get in trouble with federal dumbass law even if it directly counters the "mission" of the site. :?

At least Internet has many ways that one can exploit to bypass all these dumb regulations and restrictions.
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Re: Open (or somehow open) Source

Postby Kambiz » November 16th, 2010, 9:23 pm

Thank you Cralias for the information!

If Microsoft can offer its services globally with no restriction, definitely a website hosting free and open source code should not have any problem to do that.

I think some people are just exaggerating.
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