On 13/01/14 12:06, Tristan Santore wrote:
On 13/01/14 10:15, Petr Šabata wrote:
> Dear Legal,
> I'd like to sponsor a new packager (CC'd) and help him get
> his project  into Fedora. He happens to be a Sudanese.
> As Sudan appears to be a sanctioned country, I'd like to check
> whether this is legally alright.
> Thank you in advance,
>  https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1052040
> legal mailing list
Question A. Which Sudan ? There are two now. Question B. Is he just
Sudanese, as you put it, or does he reside there. If he resides there,
then Sudan falls under export restrictions. Applies to US Citizens. This
also encompasses technology, and as such software.
Now, there is also a clause stating the importation of goods and
services of Sudanese origin. Which now begs the question is a free thing
a good or a service, as there is no payment for such.
Richard will have to answer that one, I am afraid.
Why does the US have to always make things so complicated, we just
banned weapons exports.
Ohh look just as I was clicking the page away, something caught my eye.
Certain types of activities and transactions are exempt from the
the SSR and the Executive orders. For example, donations of articles intended
to relieve human suffering, such as food, clothing, and medicine are exempt and
the importation from Sudan and the exportation to Sudan of information or
informational materials, as defined in § 538.306, whether commercial or
otherwise, regardless of format or medium of transmission, are exempt from the
prohibitions and regulations. For a complete list of all exemptions please see
31 C.F.R. § 538.212.
Now, what you make of that is another question. I would read that as
computer software, and I would see technological goods as hardware, but
that is just me.
I am sure there is some weird and wonderful US law/case law, which
So, Richard, which is it ?
Tristan Santore BSc MBCS
Network and Infrastructure Operations
Former Thawte Notary
(Please note: Thawte has closed its WoT programme down,
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