[aur-general] Copyrighted source on https://aur.archlinux.org/
Daniel Berjón Díez
asuranceturix at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 16:09:03 UTC 2019
Hi Santiago, all,
I'm very new to Arch and I don't know if the package I'm going to put
forward as an example violates itself any AUR rule, but for instance
'ufsd-pro-dkms'  depends on a file that is not freely distributable, and
the PKGBUILD has a file:// URL, so the user has to procure the file herself
to build it; maybe this solution is more reasonable than deleting the
package altogether, so that users that do want to install it don't have to
create their own PKGBUILD needlessly.
On Tue, 25 Jun 2019 at 17:14, Santiago Torres-Arias via aur-general <
aur-general at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Hi Phillip.
> I also don't want to enter a legal battle, and I certainly don't speak
> for the rest of the Arch Linux team. However, it appears to me that
> there's plenty going on here:
> 1) The distribution website is the first hit if you google
> libccmio-2.6.1-.tar.gz, I wonder if your searches are being directed
> to the AUR given your previous search history (i.e., filter-bubble).
> 2) It appears that the copyright owner is Adapco, not siemens. IIUC
> Siemens bought Adapco on 2016. Did you guys forget to update
> the copyright notice or is this an old tarball that was distributed
> 3) It appears this is hosted on a US .gov website, under a portal for
> distribution of scientific code. I'm sure would like to know if they
> are distributed copyrighted information. I can't seem to find a
> disclaimer noting they are able to distribute this tarball.
> 4) It also appears the tarball is distributing GPL-licensed code, which
> makes me wonder if this tarball itself is in violation of the GPL
> license (or was, and that's why the tarball is publicly available
> Either way, I do agree that deleting the package until this matter is
> settled is a reasonable way forward.
> On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 02:53:36PM +0000, Jones, Philip via aur-general
> > Jerome
> > I appreciate that the package (
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/libccmio/) is not hosted on the site
> but if you Google " libccmio-2.6.1.tar.gz" it is the top hit.
> > The source has a copyright that states “The unauthorized use,
> distribution, or duplication of this program is prohibited.”
> > I don’t want to enter into a legal argument if the link is distribution
> or not, all I ask is that the listing be removed as a matter of courtesy.
> The material is clearly not designed to be publicly distributed.
> > Philip
> > -----------------
> > Siemens Industry Software Limited is a limited company registered in
> England and Wales.
> > Registered number: 3476850.
> > Registered office: Faraday House, Sir William Siemens Square, Frimley,
> Surrey, GU16 8QD.
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