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[ox-en] Open Source and Denied Parties

I just went to check out some buggy thing in my inability to open some attachments in my Mozilla mail that get sent to me from a mac ... I started here:

And I saw this with a nice bold yellow background:

   * This source code is subject to the U.S. Export Administration
     Regulations and other U.S. law, and may not be exported or
     re-exported to certain countries (currently Afghanistan (Taliban
     controlled areas), Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and
     Syria) or to persons or entities prohibited from receiving U.S.
     exports (including Denied Parties, entities on the Bureau of
     Export Administration Entity List, and Specially Designated

I went into a catatonic state for a second, then felt like trashing my Mozilla browser and the plastic container it lives in. After I lent back and recoverd some of my senses I hunted around and found this little gem of a discussion: USian mozilla developers being rather insular and most of the others being rather outraged:

Some guy/genius here seems to think that the U.S. Export Administration Regulations is not a GNU/Open Source issue.

Sort of funny approach ... "the source shall be free but only free to those that the Bush/Cheny Junta tell us are free"....

Sometimes people tell me when I raise an issue "Martin, don't go there" - but with this one I want to "go there" - anyone want to come?

And I thought someone told me Empire had no centre - well maybe they were right, the USians are seeing they need help from the UNians now; but whether they are stretched or not they like to make out they are the centre of it all. Can I remind them "we are not all USians?"

But back to the point: Anyone got any thoughts or resources about this new form of "Open Source"?????



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