The whole world can use Fedora except these 5 countries

Hey FEDORA; WHY??? What have I ever done to anyone that justifies this?
Ok so my IP shows that im inside Iran, does that automatically disqualify me from using something that is supposed to be for everyone?
It’s sad yet so funny, If I use a VPN, and change some digits, Im good… but If I don’t change those digits (IP) I can’t use Fedora… NICE… Way to go, wayyy to go; Freedom and transparency at best right here

By downloading Fedora software, you acknowledge that you understand all of the following: Fedora software and technical information may be subject to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (the “EAR”) and other U.S. and foreign laws and may not be exported, re-exported or transferred (a) to any country listed in Country Group E:1 in Supplement No. 1 to part 740 of the EAR (currently, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan & Syria);

Fedora is open source.

  • Could someone “fork” fedora code and host it in a third-country without such restrictions?
  • Does forking technically count as exporting and transferring?
  • If forking counts as transferring or exporting, do these restrictions apply to any software found in a Fedora distro, or just the Fedora distro as a whole?
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well, Github and Gitlab also apply the same BS to the same 5 countries… I Cant even install freakin MINT with a net connection… or any other Ubunto-Based distro; lmao same with Manjaro… U see what Im saying here…

Probably because there is something that makes Fedora to subject to US law and US law bans exporting to those countries.

Because Github and Gitlab are also subject to US law…

This is, unfortunately, correct. The Fedora community is subject to US laws—that’s where our FOSS philosophy hits the realities of the world. There’s work being done to get the Fedora community an exception, but such things are slow to proceed. See this reply for some more information:

There’s not a lot we can do in the meantime. We’re all subject to laws which may differ from location to location, and in some cases they do not meet our ideals but we do need to follow them.

I will close this thread because there’s no solution here that we can provide. When something changes here, it will be announced.