[aur-general] Unlicensed code

Peter Lewis plewis at aur.archlinux.org
Fri Dec 23 09:12:44 EST 2011

On Wednesday 21 Dec 2011 23:12:38 full-english at live.co.uk wrote:
> >> Does anyone know what the usual procedure is if the code is
> >> unlicensed?
> > 
> > This will almost certainly vary by jurisdiction. In England and Wales at
> > least (as far as I understand it) no code is "unlicensed" - copyright
> > is automatic and there is just an implicit default licence which is
> > restrictive (i.e. you can't copy it). This is why you should always
> > stick a licence on your code, especially if you don't care who uses it
> > ;-)
> Thanks Pete, I've contacted the author so I'll wait and see what he
> says. Wandering slightly off topic do you know how things stand with
> using/packaging "unlicensed" code (AUR/PKGBUILDS/Pkgs etc.). If the
> default is restrictive then surely that would be prohibited as well?

Oh, well the AUR doesn't redistribute code, just scripts (which you write) for 
installing code and a link to upstream (this one way in which it differs from 
our binary repos). There's nothing wrong with putting a PKGBUILD in the AUR in 
your case, as far as I can see.



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