[aur-general] Package of Questionable Legality

Jason St. John jstjohn at purdue.edu
Sat Feb 1 22:04:33 EST 2014

On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM, WorMzy Tykashi <wormzy.tykashi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1 February 2014 23:05, Rob Til Freedmen <rob.til.freedman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> "[...] so i created this 27 line program to do it for me and it
>> automatically adds the torrent to my torrent client."
>> This package is not and doesn't do any illegal!
>> Though, if you download (via torrent) something your country deems is
>> illegal you're responsible -
>> and if you download (via torrent) something your country doesn't care
>> of, you will be happy using it.
>> It really depends on where you live....
> I think it depends more on where the AUR is hosted. Lets not forget
> that the MPAA, seems to think that they can sue anyone, anywhere, for
> anything they feel adversely affects their profit margins.
> When somebody markets their software/script/whatever as a "pirate
> movie downloader", I think we should probably avoid packaging it.
> WorMzy

Assuming IP geolocation is accurate, the AUR is hosted in Germany.

This doesn't matter though. The AUR does not host any software that
may or may not be used for copyright infringement. The AUR is simply a
collection of build scripts. If free-cinema was in [extra] or
[community], then this _might_ be worth investigating because
Arch---and its mirrors---would be hosting the software in question.

However, considering that libdvdcss is provided in [extra] and
dvdbackup is provided in [community], I don't think this is anything
for us to be concerned with.


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