[aur-general] PKGBUILD that downloads ilegal content

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 17:16:53 UTC 2015

On 05/07/15 01:39 PM, Hugo Osvaldo Barrera wrote:
> There's a PKGBUILD[1] on the AUR that downloads a binary that is illegal
> to distribute (due to licensing, it may only be distributed in source
> form).
> IMHO, it's a bit of a grey area if the PKGBUILD is legal or not (I
> believe it is not in some jurisdictions), but anyone running it is
> receiving illegal content, so I don't think we should keep it around.
> I put up a deletion request[2] for this, and the response was "The AUR
> does not distribute binaries.".
> While this is true, it does distribute the PKGBUILD for downloading the
> ilegal binary. This is not a case of "the package can be used to do
> something possibly illegal", this is a case of "this script was tailored
> exclusively and with the sole objective of distributing something
> illegal, and can only be used for that".
> [1]: https://aur4.archlinux.org/pkgbase/telegram-desktop/
> [2]:
> https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/aur-requests/2015-July/007698.html

The AUR doesn't redistribute it. A better complaint would be that the
package should have a -bin suffix. It's open source so the unsuffixed
version should be built from the sources.

The legal issues are upstream's problem as they're the ones choosing to
keep illegally distributing it. It's not going to be much of a problem
for them because it's unlikely that any of the contributors to the GPL
code actually cares. It's a technicality, not something that's actually
causing damages or that's ethically wrong. I don't see a good reason to
remove it, either from a legal or ethical standpoint. It would only be a
problem if Arch was actually distributing it.

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