[aur-dev] AUR 4 and licensing

Johannes Löthberg johannes at kyriasis.com
Tue Apr 14 07:27:47 UTC 2015

On 13/04, Doug Newgard wrote:
>On Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:25:04 +0200
>Lukas Fleischer <lfleischer at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> On Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at 01:47:10, Johannes Löthberg wrote:
>> > [...]
>> > To mitigate this I’d propose making a ToS for the AUR that for one says
>> > that the user agrees to either license the PKGBUILD and accompanying
>> > scripts under a specific license, or that they agree to assign copyright
>> > to Arch Linux.
>> >
>> > While it wouldn’t be possible to apply it to the packages already
>> > upload, I’d suggest implementing this change during the migration to AUR
>> > 4.0.0 when the official AUR will be started afresh, causing all newly
>> > uploaded packages to fall under the ToS.
>> > [...]
>> I like this idea. GPL3 is probably the best choice, given that we
>> already use the GPL for most projects.
>> Since we are not going to remove any accounts when moving to AUR 4.0.0,
>> I suggest showing the ToS when registering and when logging into the AUR
>> for the first time (unless they were already accepted previously).
>How would this work with patches? If you have to cherry-pick a patch from
>upstream after a release, you can't just relicense it like that.

The patch would obviously still be licensed under whatever the project 

  Johannes Löthberg
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