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08 February 2010, 09:24

SourceForge turns off "blanket blocking"

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SourceForge Logo SourceForge, the open source project hosting site, has announced that it has turned off the "blanket block" on access from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. The block was put in place at the end of January after the company became concerned about its compliance with US export regulations. The blanket block has now been replaced with a per project setting which allows project administrators and owners to specify whether their project comes under US export control regulations.

By default, all projects are set to be restricted, but the project's owner can now select Develop->Project Admin->Project Setting and adjust the "Export Control" setting. By checking a box that declares the project is free from export control or "other prohibitions" the project can be made available to all countries, including those on the export control list. SourceForge believes the new mechanism keeps them in compliance with US export law, but the change does appear to move responsibility and liability for legal compliance from SourceForge to project administrators.


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