[aur-general] AUR & Copyright

Bernardo Barros bernardobarros2 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 15:10:06 EST 2011

2011/2/6 Xyne <xyne at archlinux.ca>:
> What is the legal status of files submitted to the AUR? I have always assumed
> that anything uploaded to the AUR is automatically licensed under the GPL or
> something similar, in the same way that content contributed to the wiki is.

Ownership and authorship aren't the same. In the first place the GPL
lisence requires the copyright notice to exist. It is actually based
on authorship, the first line is a copyright notice. And there is
nothing bad about it.

Anyway atributing the work is a good thing. Good people atributive the
works of their friends. Of course, if you revise the code in a not
superficial way you also have some authorship in that piece of code,
then it's a team work.

Or... you can interpret that the buildscript are Public Domain, then
Arch, TU, IBM, Apple  etc., all can use it without atributing
anything. But since it is only useful for Arch users in the end... it
is the same thing in practice.

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