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Nat Friedman
It is painful for me to hear how trade restrictions have hurt people. We have gone to great lengths to do no more than what is required by the law, but of course people are still affected. GitHub is subject to US trade law, just like any company that does business in the US.
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman
To comply with US sanctions, we unfortunately had to implement new restrictions on private repos and paid accounts in Iran, Syria, and Crimea. Public repos remain available to developers everywhere – open source repos are NOT affected.
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman
The restrictions are based on place of residence and location, not on nationality or heritage. If someone was flagged in error, they can fill out a form to get the restrictions lifted on their account within hours. More info is on our policy page:
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman
Users with restricted private repos can also choose to make them public. Our understanding of the law does not give us the option to give anyone advance notice of restrictions.
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman
We're not doing this because we want to; we're doing it because we have to. GitHub will continue to advocate vigorously with governments around the world for policies that protect software developers and the global open source community.
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Reza Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman
You could’ve done this much better Giving notice prior on ban and not closing Github pages Also an option to dismiss this disturbing message
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @shalbafzadeh
Our understanding of the law doesn't give us the option to give anyone prior notice. You're right on the other two points, though. You can dismiss the message now, and GitHub Pages are available for public repos.
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Chintan Shah Jul 27
Many US companies move their headquarters outside US to avoid paying taxes. Why not do it for this. I am not fully sure but a company in Switzerland may not have to comply with US trade restrictions. Just a thought.
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @chintan86 @shanselman
If you do any business in the US you have to comply with US trade laws. Doesn’t matter where hq is.
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Bert Jehoul Jul 27
When it comes to tax evasion your mother company is very creative to dodge national laws... it doesn't have to be so hard to use a same kind of creativity to protect your users and a free internet.
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owocki.gitcoin.eth Jul 28
Replying to @natfriedman
Why didn’t you give the users who were to be deplatformed any advance notice so they could download their work hosted on GitHub?
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Nat Friedman Jul 28
Replying to @owocki
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owocki.gitcoin.eth Jul 28
Replying to @natfriedman
I’m glad to hear you tried / at least looked at it.
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Nat Friedman Jul 28
Replying to @owocki
We looked at it hard.
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Tom Howard ⬙ Jul 30
Time to decentralize Github! Domain with Hosting on Payments in On chain organization with Equities convert to tokens and capture revenues/value decentrally.
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John Light Jul 30
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Pando Network Jul 30
npm install -g @pando/git-remote-pando @pando/git-pando
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adrin Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman @github
There's always a choice. could move out of the US as a company, or could choose to ignore sanctions and pay the fines. You're just choosing the path with the least financial damage!
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Nat Friedman Jul 27
Replying to @adrinjalali @github
If you do any business in the US, you have to obey US trade laws.
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adrin Jul 27
Replying to @natfriedman @github
Right now GitHub is in a position of power. They can let the US not do any business with them if they don't want to, and that'll be more damaging to the US than the company, and it'll be a massive boost in the company's reputation anywhere else in the world!
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John Daniel Jul 28
What power? Trade sanctions have criminal penalties. The US government has power even over sovereign governments like Canada. Microsoft has money, but the US prints money. There’s no challenge there.
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