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

I strongly disagree for two primary reasons.


:opensource: The #OpenSource 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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@downey Free redistribution does not imply forced redistribution. You are free to redistribute to whomever you want, and not redistribute to whomever you don't want.

@namark You may want to review Until this article, OSI's stance was that #OpenSource did in fact mean that you can't pick and choose to whom the software is distributed based on their country of residence.

@downey The license may not restrict you from redistributing to whomever you want, that does not mean that the license forces you to redistribute to whoever asks.


@downey quote the contradiction, cause I don't see any

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