What does ’embargoed warning’ mean in the MakeUseOf giveaways?

Osama October 6, 2010

There is this line at the bottom of giveaway pages at MakeUseOf: “Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter.” What does that mean?

  1. WG
    January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    What have the residents of Belgium, Norway, Sweden and India done to you or the US that they're "exempt" from participating.

    There *is no* software export control restriction from the US to these countries (unlike say, to Iran, North Korea, etc.).

    • Vishnu Somasekhar
      March 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Actually, there was an embargo placed on India by US based on the nuclear program which India was/is pursuing. Anyways, according to a report on 26-jan-2011 U.S decided to pull this off of India and still MUO ppl aint aware of this, I believe. ;)

      Here is the link to that report >> http://www.fastcompany.com/1720927/ifive-microsofts-finances-us-ends-india-embargo-facebooks-groupon-twitters-ads-expand-daily-

      • Tina
        April 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm


        MUO has to follow Facebook regulations. The exclusion from the contest may have other reasons than political. Maybe the laws in India and the fact that the contest is advertised on Facebook has something to do with it.

  2. ænon1mus
    October 6, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Hi Osama,

    It means that the residents of the countries that are currently placed under the US embargo are not permitted to participate in the giveaway because we will not be able to send the prize. Also residents of Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are exempt from participating.

    • jhpot
      October 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Interesting legal points. What does the US point matter, seeing as we're based in the UK? Or is it when the company giving away the product is based in the US?

    • Tina
      January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Re-reading the sentence Osama quoted it doesn't sound like Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are embargoed, but rather that countries embargoed by Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are also not permitted to enter (besides countries embargoed by the US).

      This second interpretation makes a lot more sense too.

    • Pb
      March 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      The quote above is not a direct one.
      The text actually says "Individuals who reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, India or any country embargoed by the United States are not permitted to enter."
      This can be read as though Belgium, Norway, Sweden and India are all under US embargo, which of course they aren't :)

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