[aur-general] AUR & Copyright

Thomas S Hatch thatch45 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 13:38:51 EST 2011

You raise a good point, I would think that we would need to post something
on the submit page stating the copyright nature. My brothers are lawyers, I
will check with them as to what the right thing to do is.

-Thomas S Hatch
On Feb 6, 2011 10:49 AM, "Xyne" <xyne at archlinux.ca> wrote:
> Eric Waller wrote:
>> I am not a lawyer and I generally tune out all license flame wars.
>> That said, PKGBUILDS generally do not contain copyright or license
>> declarations. Unless I am mistaken, that means someone who comes into
>> possession of a PKGBUILD does not have the right to republish it.
>> As a minimum, I think Arch should get a nod from the creator of a
>> PKGBUILD prior to absorbing it into the colective -- It might help
>> avoid any misunderstandings.
> What is the legal status of files submitted to the AUR? I have always
> that anything uploaded to the AUR is automatically licensed under the GPL
> something similar, in the same way that content contributed to the wiki
> I can't find anything that states this on the AUR site, which is a
> calamitous legal oversight.
> The legal issue should be cleared up. If we needed to obtain explicit
> permission from every contributor then the AUR would cease to be useful.
> would not be able to adopt and update PKGBUILDs without permission, and
> would need to enable users to delete their own PKGBUILDs when they decide
> withdraw permission.

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