[aur-general] Fwd: Stolen material

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 10:56:43 EST 2008

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 2:53 AM, Phil Dillon-Thiselton
<dibblethewrecker at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/10/31 Aaron Hussein Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>:
>> Hey guys,
>> I just got the email below and want to take this opportunity to point
>> a few things out:
>> Licenses are important. If a project has no license that DOES NOT mean
>> you are able to redistribute it by adding a file that says "Free to
>> use". Just because it is in the AUR doesn't mean we are in the clear.
>> That said, I believe this email is a little silly for three reasons:
>> a) Nothing there is stolen. It is a PKGBUILD. If it is illegal to
>> redistribute the source, then the end user is liable (something we
>> DON'T want).
>> b) The original tarball no longer exists.
>> c) I have seen no proof of copyright.
>> Still, I do want to take this opportunity to point out that we NEED to
>> be more careful here.
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Richard Northcott <richard at enfour.co.jp>
>> Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 3:03 AM
>> Subject: Stolen material
>> To: aaron at archlinux.org, jvinet at zeroflux.org
>> This is stolen copyrighted material. Please remove.
>> http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/stardict-longman/
>> Richard Northcott
>> Enfour,Inc.
>> Tokyo
> I'm well confused here.  We haven't "taken" anything at all, we've
> provided a link to the software. I think he thinks the tarball in that
> AUR is the source, which it isn't.  I think you should ask exactly
> what he thinks we have stolen.

To be clear, I've responded to the guy, but never got anything back. I
simply asked for proof of the copyright ownership.

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