[Fedora-legal-list] Embargoed countries IRC support policy

Fabian A. Scherschel fab at sixgun.org
Wed Jul 7 05:54:17 UTC 2010

So basically I'd be best for them not to disclose their country of origin?
And even if they do, we non-RH people can still help them, correct?


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On 6 Jul 2010 15:28, "Tom "spot" Callaway" <tcallawa at redhat.com> wrote:
> On 07/05/2010 02:32 PM, Jonathan Dieter wrote:
>> What is/should be Fedora's policy when it comes to helping people on IRC
>> who are from embargoed countries? I'm asking because a situation just
>> happened in #fedora where someone from Iran asked for help, and someone
>> from the UK refused to help. Obviously that's their prerogative, but if
>> I'm going to help them, I want to know that I'm not flouting some Fedora
>> guideline.
> Red Hat does not impose any legal restrictions upon the behavior of
> non-Red Hat employees on public IRC. All advice delivered by non-Red Hat
> employees on IRC should be considered "unofficial".
> Accordingly, the Fedora Policy is as follows:
> * The Fedora IRC channels (on Freenode) is not an official support
> channel of Red Hat. Any advice you read in those channels is provided by
> individual community members. You should use it at your OWN RISK. This
> advice is owned by each individual, and does NOT represent the views of
> Freenode, Fedora or Red Hat.
> * Participants on Fedora IRC should not feel obligated to make any
> attempt to determine the nationality of participants.
> * Red Hat employees must not offer advice or assistance to individuals
> on IRC who explicitly identify themselves as being from an embargoed
> nation, or otherwise under US embargo. They can contact Red Hat Legal
> for more information.
> * All non Red Hat employees who are participants on IRC are acting
> independently, and are in no way acting as agents of Red Hat.
> ****
> My note: The use of the term "unofficial" is completely unconnected to
> the reliability or accuracy of any advice delivered. It merely means
> that from a legal standpoint, these individuals providing advice are not
> doing so on behalf of Red Hat.
> ~spot
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