[fab] EULA/Export Concerns

seth vidal skvidal at linux.duke.edu
Wed Jun 21 19:23:59 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 15:04 -0400, Mark Webbink wrote:
> Roozbeh is certainly welcome to his opinions, but having been through
> this discussion many times before, this is a non-issue.  Fedora is
> U.S.-based, and Red Hat, as its distributors, has an obligation to
> abide by U.S. law regardless of what the GPL may say.  That law
> forbids the export of Fedora to certain countries and individuals.
> Anyone who knowingly distributes or permits the distribution of Fedora
> in violation of U.S. export control laws is subject to substantial
> fines and criminal conviction.  This  is not dissimilar to the laws in
> other countries that regulate the import and export of goods,
> including computer software, and Fedora is obligated to respect all of
> those.  The fact that these laws exist does not override the intent of
> the licensor, i.e., that Fedora is free software, nor does it in my
> legal opinion violate the GPL (understanding that others, including
> the FSF, may disagree with me on this point).  However, the GPL does
> not relieve anyone from complying with the national laws in those
> countries within which they reside.

Has anyone told Roozbeh just this?

Any problem with my forwarding this mail to him?


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