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Who the heck is the us government to ban me from using the asset store?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MHD Salka, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. MHD Salka

    MHD Salka

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    WHEN EVER I TRY TO ACCESS THE ASSET STORE I GET THIS MESSAGE :

    Your country is blocked due to the U.S. Government restrictions.

    https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/blocked.html

    UNITY TECHNOLOGIES IS BASED IN DENMARK AS FAR AS I KNOW, NOT THE US.

    WHY SHOULD I HANDLE THE CONSEQUENCES OF MY SYRIAN GOVERNMENT POLICIES?

    HOW CAN I PURCHASE UNITY AND PUBLISH THE APP I'VE SPENT 8 MONTH DEVELOPING?

    YES I CAN USE VPN OR PROXY, BUT STILL I CAN'T PURCHASE ANYTHING DUE TO BANKING BLOCKADE ALSO!

    SOMEBODY FROM THE UNITY STAFF EXPLAIN THIS PLEASE.

    Caps Lock Off...
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  2. iossif

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    Unity Technologies

    345 Broadway Street, Suite 200
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    United States

    looks like a us company to me according to the website.
     
  3. MHD Salka

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    guess i should not rely on Wikipedia anymore..
     
  4. Zeblote

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    Didn't they block all sales to syria trying to die out that war S***?
     
  5. MHD Salka

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    Yes, but again , why individuals should handle the consequences? they should block sales to the Syrian government, like oil or Russian weapons import...but banning Unity sales? wtf? how is this supposed to help at ANYTHING? i just can't understand their logic...
     
  6. caitlyn

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    Hi all,

    Alas, a number of our sellers are unable, due to legal and national obligations, to sell or distribute their content to certain countries due to trade restrictions imposed by their governments. Therefore, we decided it is better to bring you their content rather than not have it at all, at the cost of IP blocking to a small handful of countries who are so blacklisted (including North Korea, Iraq, etc).

    This is a standard list provided and maintained by the US government– we at Unity Technologies do not have any role in deciding which nations are blacklisted.

    We do regret that it causes inconveniences to you, MHD Salka, and other folks in these countries– we all know that we share a certain kinship as creative people, programmers, artists and game developers which transcends nationality and politics. Alas, trade restrictions made by certain governments stand in the way. If you'd like to change this, perhaps you need to contact your government and let them know how you feel!

    Cheers,


    --
    Caitlyn Meeks-Ferragallo
    Asset Store Manager
     
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  7. hippocoder

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    Talking about political things on a programming forum isn't really the done thing. I mean I understand you're upset and Unity is a global company that started in Europe. At the moment the HQ is in the US though. Best you can do is ask a friend to purchase.
     
  8. JohnnyA

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    Or contact the authors directly explaining your situation.
     
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  9. OmniverseProduct

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    The hippo nailed it.
     
  10. MHD Salka

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    Hi
    thanks for making things clear, i hope this ban "go away" soon
    sorry if i went politics here...you can delete the post if you want
     
  11. K.Meier

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    Actually it's not the Syrian government that is restricting this, it's the US. The USA has an embargo with Syria since 1986, disallowing any US company to sell any products and or services to people/companies inside Syria.
    Telling him to contact his government to have this changed, will have as much effect as if you would try to contact Obama and tell the white house to lift this international crisis that has been going on for 27 years ;)

    You should also know that the USA does NOT have a sanction against Iraq (anymore). The USA has currently sanctions against the following countries:
    Burma, Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

    By blocking Iraq on purpose, you might accidentally add unnecessary oil to a political fire.

    As stated above, the USA has an embargo with Syria for 27 years now, disallowing any US based company to sell products and services to Syria.

    This is a perfect example of how innocent and hard working people are being affected over silly political views.

    My suggestion is, that you either use a proxy/vpn or find a 3rd party that is willing to help you out purchasing digital products on the internet.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  12. cadviz

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    I am resident in Iraq...

    3 months ago, I was able to open the Asset Store and had downloaded some free stuff...
    Today; I couldn't open it... and got the following:

    Your country is blocked due to the U.S. Government restrictions.

    and since this forum is not political....I shall not say a comment..:!:
     
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  13. hippocoder

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    The reason we are not political here is because I like to think as game developers, or software developers we are all intelligent enough to respect and love other human beings regardless of where they were born :)

    We are bigger, better than the stupidity that rules us, and they shall not divide us.
     
  14. cadviz

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    Can anybody clarify how ...?
     
  15. Graham-Dunnett

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  16. drcool

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    hi all
    Iraq is not on the blacklist

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FATF_blacklist

    So why my country has been blocked from unity asset store?

    And Does this mean that I can not get a license for unity pro

    Please reply
     
  17. chelnok

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    This aint the place ask such questions with bumping and all.. Read caitlyns post again, the answer to your question is there.
     
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  18. drcool

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    Thanks for the reply

    Another question
    Can I buy a license for unity pro after completion my project on unity free

    I want to know please

    Thanks
     
  19. drcool

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    I need an answer please
     
  20. Dantus

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    For that kind of question, I would contact Unity directly.
     
  21. drcool

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    Thanks Dantus I really want an answer

    Because I want to design a beautiful anime game with unity
     
  22. khoowaikeong

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    if the US doesn't want to allow their company to do business international, let them punish american businesses, the rest of the world should not have to limit their business because a certain country say no. beside the export law actually only cover very few item, you can learn from sony and apple on implement a restriction declaration for US companies instead of banning everyone. it really should be the companies responsibility to determine if what they are putting online is legal or not!
     
  23. DFT-Games

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    Sorry I missed this thread. As we are in Europe and because as a family we are Amnesty Intl. activists, whoever need help to bypass US embargo can count on us.
     
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  24. MHD Salka

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    if anyone intersted :

    "Google, Apple remove some restrictions on technology to Iran
    The move appears to be linked to the U.S decision in May to lift sanctions on the export of a variety of consumer communications devices and software and services including mobile phones to Iran"
    http://www.techhive.com/article/204...-some-restrictions-on-technology-to-iran.html
    i hope this move will be applied to other countries like syria soon :(
     
  25. gizmit001

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    I've just installed the free version of Unity. It stated that any project created in the free version is compatible with the Pro version. I don't see any reason why you can't upgrade to the Pro and continue creating your game. I hope this helps, DrCool.
     
  26. Mehrdad995

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    This is my question too.
    why commons should pay for politic problems?!
    it's really funny that even yahoo block my country , Google didn't though.
    who the heck is yahoo?!
    its not even a penny in front of google.
    (I apologize for being aggressive).
    All of my speech is that why we should pay for these? is it really fair? is it human rights? I think I'm a human. I'm not the world's enemy :cry:
     
  27. LaneFox

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    unity technologies ... do you really mean that?
     
  29. nipoco

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    This post is so old...The person you've quoted doesn't even work for UT anymore.
     
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  30. Ryiah

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    Just wait to move out of the country and put some distance from their military before you do. :p
     
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  31. Kiwasi

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    Well yes. Unity has absolutely zero sway with the US government. Ignoring US law is a quick way to get pushed out of the US market. And quite frankly the US market is far more valuable then the Syrian one.

    Trade embargoes are put in place because one government won't bow to the will of another. Best way to get them lifted is to bow to foreign pressure. Best way to do that is to persuade your own government to cave.

    An alternative is to have a product valuable enough to encourage the other side to trade. You can also launch a war to forcefully open trade. I wouldn't reccomend war with the US, that's an insane idea.

    Finally you can trade with someone else. There are countries that don't support the embargo. And the internet has its fair share of pirates willing to act as blockade runners.
     
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    old thing is old lol
     
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  33. Kiwasi

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    Yes. But as long as Unity is beholden to US politics, its still relevant.
     
  34. SteveJ

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    I'm not sure of an answer, but I'm very glad you put it all in caps. Otherwise, you definitely wouldn't have got your point across.
     
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  35. neginfinity

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    Now, take a look at posting date.
     
  36. alealvapan

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    Hello everyone.
    I am an independent developer from Cuba, and my question is, if there will be legal problems when selling a game from the United States made in Cuba using unity.

    Does the embargo affect only the services that unity provides, or does it also affect the ownership of a program launched in unity in blocked countries, such as Iran, North Korea, or in my case, Cuba?

    this worries me deeply. thanks in advance to whoever can help me.
     
  37. Joe-Censored

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    Unity doesn't have much to do with whether you can sell your game in the United States. This thread is really about export limitations, not imports. (Asset Store website primarily exports)

    But on your question, US regulations allow for importation of anything not on a specific banned list (software doesn't appear to be on that list), so long as the product comes from an "independent Cuban entrepreneur in Cuba". The problem is, there are specific verification requirements that you aren't otherwise connected to the Cuban government, and record keeping requirements for all transactions.

    With those requirements, you might have trouble finding US companies that are either willing to, or are even aware of the process. You might get better information contacting major US software platforms, or checking their websites, such as Steam, Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. They are the ones you'd need to convince, but the bigger the store the more likely they are aware of this. They may even already have a process in place.

    Here's some more information:

    The State Department's Section 515.582 List - United States Department of State
    Cuba Sanctions - United States Department of State

    I Am Not A Lawyer, so don't believe anything I say
     
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  38. Ryiah

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    I highly recommend you reach out to the stores you intend to sell your games through.
     
  39. UnityMaru

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    Please try to avoid necroposting.
     
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