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Add that we notify user of geoblocking
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Russia Publish notice. Oct 24, 2018 add CONTRIBUTING file Jun 8, 2016 Add that we notify user of geoblocking Mar 22, 2019

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From time to time, GitHub receives requests from governments to remove content that has been declared unlawful in their local jurisdiction. Although we may not always agree with those laws, we may need to block content if we receive a valid request from a government official so that our users in that jurisdiction may continue to have access to GitHub to collaborate and build software.

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  • notify the affected users of the specific content that allegedly violates the law and that this is a legal takedown request
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  • limit the geographic scope of the takedown when possible and include that as part of the notification
  • post the official request that led to the takedown in this repository.

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