22 Feb 2006 roozbeh   » (Master)

OK, from now on, whenever you see some free software project requiring you to be not in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Cuba and other countries where us terrorists live, or require you to not give the software to terrorists such as us, it would be very helpful if you tell me (roozbeh at gmail dot com). I wish to make sure they know their software is not ‘Open Source’.

To copy clause 5 of The Open Source Definition, “[...] Some countries, including the United States, have export restrictions for certain types of software. An OSD-conformant license may warn licensees of applicable restrictions and remind them that they are obliged to obey the law; however, it may not incorporate such restrictions itself.”

A few free software projects do that (incorporate such restrictions), and have been doing it for a long while. I guess it can’t really get more explicit than what OSD says. I’m planning to go inform them one by one.

We may be from a country whose nationals are automatically considered suspicious for even thinking about visiting the United States (for whatever reason the US administration may have, that may think it can make life harder for the Iranian government by making it harder for Iranian nationals), but we can’t stand our “freedom-loving friends” doing the same to us through their lawyers.

BTW, how many of you have been fingerprinted using black ink, weighted, and photographed when you entered a country just because of your nationality? If yes, did that make you miss your connecting flight which had a three-hour safe margin? If yes, did they also photocopy all your airplane tickets and the boarding pass for the next flight and in the process lost the ticket? If yes, did that require you to stay the night in a city as large as Los Angeles with no hotel reservation and nobody to call in a country that you are visiting for the first time? Still yes? Who are you, North Korean or something?!

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