[aur-general] PD license/no license

Abhishek Dasgupta abhidg at gmail.com
Sat Aug 8 13:45:14 EDT 2009

2009/8/8 Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org>:
> Anton Shestakov wrote:
>> Hey there.
>> I want to submit sdlmame-cheats package to AUR. Basically, this package
>> would provide a single file; archived collection of user-provided xml files
>> for using in sdlmame. But I have some difficulties with it's license. I
>> couldn't find it nor on the official site, nor in the archive.
>> Actually, I've asked on local forum what license they are providing their
>> work under [1]. The reply was, I quote, "Any individual cheats in this
>> forum/submitted can be taken as Public Domain. I don't know if the
>> collection needs a license or what type of license to put on the full
>> collection". So what do you think, can I put a "license=('PD')" in PKGBUILD?
>> Or even no license at all?
>> [1] http://www.mamecheat.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3450&start=0
> Public Domain has no consistent definition across coutries so is not good
> for an unwritten licence.  I'd use license=('unknown').
> Allan

The CC0 license is a better alternative to public domain:

If you use Public Domain or CC0, please make sure to install
a copy of the terms in /usr/share/licenses/$pkgname as these
are not in the licenses package.

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