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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
 Google Summer of Code Updates

The SoCers now have a planet, and a hackergotchi gallery. So far everybody have been busy figuring out which tax forms to fill and returning back the agreement. Seems like no (international) student is going to get the initial $500 check sooner than the $4,000 final check. Thanks to the US tax laws, Google AdSense checks would be sent out as soon as you check the box that you are not a US citizen or resident, but you need an ITIN to get the SoC grant, or 30% will be withheld.

Sanctions: roozbeh: I'm still waiting for the Google lawyers to figure out how to deal with the situation, but almost surely it would be resolved. I cannot sign and send the current agreement form though. Anyway, to see how it really is for myself, I digged into the treas.gov and found that the cannonical document is Iranian Transactions Regulations (ITR). To quote the relevant parts:
...

S560.206 Prohibited trade-related transactions with Iran;
goods, technology, or services.

(a) Except as otherwise authorized pursuant to this part, and
notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or
permit granted prior to May 7, 1995, no United States person,
wherever located, may engage in any transaction or dealing in or
related to:

(1) Goods or services of Iranian origin or owned or
controlled by the Govbernment of Iran; or

(2) Goods, technology, or services for exportation,
reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, to Iran
or the Government of Iran.

(b) For purposes of paragraph (a) of this section, the term
/transaction or dealing/ includes but is not limited to
purchasing, selling, transportin, swapping, brokering, approving,
financing, faciliating, or guaranteeing.

...

S560.303 Iran; Iranian.

The term /Iran/ means the territory of Iran, and any other
territory or marin area, .... The term /Iranian/ means
pertainint to Iran as defined in this section.

...

S560.306 Iranian-origin goods or services; goods owned or
controlled by the Government of Iran.

...

(b) The terms /services of Iranian origin/ and /Iranian-origin
services/ include:
(1) Services performed in Iran or by an entity organized
under the laws of Iran, or a person residing in Iran; and

(2) Services performed outside Iran by a citizen, national or
permanent resident of Iran who is ordinarily resident in Iran, or
by an entity organized under the laws of Iran.

...

(d) The terms /services of Iranian-origin/, /Iranian-origin
services/, and /servicves owned or controlled by the Government
of Iran/ do not include:

...

(3) Services performed outside Iran by an Iranian citizen or
national who is resident in the United States or a third country,
provided such services are not performed by or on behalf of the
Government of Iran (other than diplomatic and consular services),
and entity organized under the laws of Iran, or a person located
in Iran.

...

To conclude, since I'm not ordinarily resident in Iran, I'm not to be included in services of Iranian origin or Iranian-origin services. It later clarifies this again in S560.306(d)(3): Since I am resident in a third country (Canada), and I am not coding on behalf of the Government of Iran, again, I'm not to be included in services of Iranian-origin and alike. I just need to wait (more.)

roozbeh again: ITR S560.509 is titled Certain transactions related to patents, trademarks and copyrights authorized. ;)

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