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Re: USA export restrictions and GPL - how can they co-exist?

After scanning through GPLv2, i think i found the clause that allows fedora to be distributed:

"8. If the distribution and/or use of the Program is restricted in certain countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the original copyright holder who places the Program under this License may add an explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding those countries, so that distribution is permitted only in or among countries not thus excluded. In such case, this License incorporates the limitation as if written in the body of this License."

Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong about this.

On 8/10/07, Peter Lemenkov <lemenkov gmail com> wrote:
Hello  All!
I found recently this restriction:



By clicking on and downloading Fedora, you agree to comply with the
following terms and conditions:

Fedora software and technical information is subject to the U.S.
Export Administration Regulations and other U.S. and foreign law, and
may not be exported or re-exported to certain countries (currently
Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan and Syria) or to persons or
entities prohibited from receiving U.S. exports (including those (a)
on the Bureau of Industry and Security Denied Parties List or Entity
List, (b) on the Office of Foreign Assets Control list of Specially
Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, and (c) involved with
missile technology or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons). You
may not download Fedora software or technical information if you are
located in one of these countries, or otherwise affected by these
restrictions. You may not provide Fedora software or technical
information to individuals or entities located in one of these
countries or otherwise affected by these restrictions. You are also
responsible for compliance with foreign law requirements applicable to
the import and use of Fedora software and technical information.


Correct me if I wrong - this statement seriously violates GPL - I read
it and find no mentions about Cuba and Iraq.

This looks strange especially after history with dropped OpenMotif
because its license prohibits its usage on some operating systems.

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