In this article, the Initiative has stated that "restricting access to open source distribution could be an effective means of protest" of the war in and that it is a "fine distinction" to make.

I strongly disagree for two primary reasons.

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thenewstack.io/where-does-open

:opensource: The Definition rule 1 requires "Free Redistribution" of software released under its approved licenses, and that that general license granted to everyone "shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software".

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opensource.org/osd

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🇺🇳 If is considered as an aspect of the of education and expression, then access to that scientific work should be made available equally to all human beings without regard to nationality, race, religion, country of origin, or other status.

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un.org/en/about-us/universal-d

(4/3) TLDR: Just as the OSI said at opensource.org/osd-annotated ... by its intrinsic nature requires free redistribution and allows anyone to do so.

"If we didn't do this, there would be lots of pressure for cooperators to defect." -- OSI

If you want to pick and choose who gets your software based upon what country they're in, that's proprietary software.

:opensource: And now there is an election for "individual" board members.

🤔 Which corporate tech giant should get my vote?

👀 The proprietary software SaaS voting platform whose trackers also share my personal information with Google awaits....

@downey fully agreed. Here's another reason: bad actors will just ignore any means you want to restrict access to your code with. they will still use that code, whether you like it or not — that's one of the things that makes them *bad* in the first place.

But whatever means of restricting you choose to use might be effective at blocking people whom you would not actually object to supply with your code.

So it's actively harmful.

@downey I'm also a fan of the Debian Social Contract's "No Discrimination" clauses.

I mean, punching nazis is a good thing, but this doesn't sound as clear-cut.

@yojimbo 💯

A lot of people aren't aware (you may be!) but the Open Source Definition (OSI) evolved directly from the DFSG and both were originally written by Bruce Perens.

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