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US government makes move toward software freedom

Remember the governmental regulations that led us to keep users from certain countries from downloading certain software? Today the US government made a move toward software freedom when it issued amendments to its regulations to allow individuals in some of the affected countries more privileges.

According to the government press release, “The amendments add general licenses authorizing the exportation of certain personal Internet-based communications services – such as instant messaging, chat and email, and social networking – to Iran, Sudan and Cuba. The amendments also permit the exportation of related software to Iran and Sudan.”

I don’t know how much influence our efforts or the reaction of our users had on the people who make the regulations, but that doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that more people around the world can enjoy the same privileges many of the rest of us take for granted. It’s a step in the right direction.

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