[aur-general] Abandonware in the AUR

Uli Armbruster uli.armbruster at googlemail.com
Thu Oct 27 15:45:51 EDT 2011

* Ionut Biru <ibiru at archlinux.org> [27.10.2011 21:31]:
> On 10/27/2011 08:33 PM, Karol Blazewicz wrote:
> >We have a discussion on the forums [1] about Arch's policy towards
> >what packages can be provided in the AUR with the focus on
> >abandonware.
> >User megadriver found a couple packages [2] that provide a means of
> >downloading games for free (as in beer) even though those games can be
> >bought.
> >
> >Apps can go in and out of the abandonware status as their availability
> >changes: now you can buy them, now you can't. Do we care about this or
> >is it up to the user to check if the stuff he installs is legal?
> >Should we set up a bot to scan for potential 'warez' stuff?
> >
> >
> >[1] https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=128832
> >[2] https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1008451#p1008451
> imo a download link shouldn't be provided.
> in sources array just add the file name after download, just like a
> patch and the users can copy them self the downloaded file in the
> same directory with PKGBUILD
> -- 
> Ionuț

+1, just wanted to write the same. This was done e.g. with ardour-vst, which needs the vst sdk archive in the $startdir. No link was provided, but a message, where the file can be downloaded (iirc). That way no laws are broken.

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