SourceForge bars 5 nations from open source downloads
Some countries more equal than others
Open-source code repository SourceForge.net has begun automatically blocking the internet addresses of users from countries such as Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, and Syria in an attempt to enforce a policy forbidding them from downloading free software.
The move infuriated many purists of the free and open-source software movement, who argue such code should be available to anyone willing to uphold the covenants of the licensing agreement. Like Google's open-source code repository, SourceForge terms of service have long barred people from uploading and downloading code if they reside in countries on the US Office of Foreign Assets Control sanction list.
Starting last week, SourceForge started blocking certain IP addresses to enforce that prohibition. In a blog post Monday, SourceForge didn't say what prompted the move, but it did claim the change didn't sit well with the organization's ideals.
"However, in addition to participating in the open source community, we also live in the real world, and are governed by the laws of the country in which we are located," the post stated. "Our need to follow those laws supersedes any wishes we might have to make our community as inclusive as possible."
Critics wasted no time lambasting the restriction. One person commenting on the SourceForge blog argued the restriction is a violation of Section 5 of the open source definition which states licenses must not discriminate "against any person or group of persons." Critics also claimed the restrictions fly in the face of comments made last week by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging internet freedom. ®
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
meanwhile in in undisclosed location in Iran....
"The curse of a thousand pox ridden camels on these dammed 'merkins Achmed, they have blocked my access to sourceforge and the software I need to create my weapons of mass destruction"
"That's OK Ali, here use my proxy software to give the impression that you are in the white house in 'merkin-land and download the software you need"
meanwhile in in undisclosed location in North Korea....
Once again, not real security, only the fig leaf of the impression of security so politicians can pretend they are doing something
Source Forge is now in compliance with US law. And as long as the bad guys don't make it obvious to Source Forge that they are downloading via proxy, Source Forge doesn't need to take further action. Yes, it is stupid, but those are the games you play with stupid laws.
Freedom is good for me, not for the other
Competition is good for the other, monopoly is good for me
Transparency is good for the other, not for me
and so on