Does anyone understand what this law actually is? If it blocks US companies from receiving software from Sudan it sounds like an import restriction.
So, is it a poor choice of wording in the article, or am I missing something?
They were owned by Novell at some point, but that doesn't make them a US company. Chrysler is owned by Fiat, and previously by Benz, but it doesn't mean that Chrysler is now an Italian company, and that it was a German company.
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(That's why at some point, US companies weren't allowed to sell abroad software with DES encryption more than 56 bits).
PGP's Author did have problems because of that.
That's how Debian does it: they have a "non-US" repository, which is out of reach of the US government and is used for this kind of things (cryptography, DRM circumvention and reverse engineered codecs).Would it change anything if fedora hosted their stuff somewhere outside the united states?
But this situation is about contribution. I.e.: about people editing software that they got. Software which is illegal for them to have. And Fedora ends up involved in the process.
Some trigger-happy lawyer could make some shit.
So instead of trying to prove that no illegal export has occured, it's easier to just make the whole thing invisible.