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  1. md_5

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    Normally a great deal of time and planning goes into posting front page notices, however this notice represents news which is currently breaking and as such we have had little time to review it. That being said we feel that making public our initial thoughts and intentions is far more beneficial than allowing speculation or other conclusions to be drawn. This is a brain dump of what has happened and what we intend to do, and is not indicative of anything else, nor should it be taken as gospel.

    When I woke up just 30 minutes ago, I was alerted to the fact that downloads to CraftBukkit had been removed due to a DMCA request from former CraftBukkit developer Wesley Wolfe (Wolvereness). Upon scrolling through emails on my phone I found that approx 2:21AM (AEST) we received a similar DMCA report from the same user. It is attached below with personal information and contact details removed”
    Reported URLs:
    http://ci.md-5.net/job/Spigot/
    http://ci.md-5.net/job/Spigot/lastS...Server/target/spigot-1.7.10-R0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
    http://ci.md-5.net/job/Spigot/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/Spigot-Server/target/spigot.jar
    Original Work: Original content can be found at

    https://github.com/Wolvereness/Bukkit-Bleeding/commits?author=Wolvereness
    https://github.com/Wolvereness/Bukkit-Bleeding/commit/0a0fee8be25bf8a732abff2d66a89a64614b6327

    and the appropriate license for previously mentioned content can be found at

    https://github.com/Wolvereness/Bukk...e59275330f83b994e199c76f6abd41ee7/LICENCE.txt

    The provided license requires the use of included or linking code to provide the original source under the GNU GPL license version 3, or any later version. An official notice has been sent to Mojang AB, whereas the Chief Operating Officer, Vu Bui, responded with the clear text:

    > Mojang has not authorized the inclusion of any of its proprietary Minecraft software (including its Minecraft Server software) within the Bukkit project to be included in or made subject to any GPL or LGPL license, or indeed any other open source license

    As the Minecraft Server software is included in Spigot, and the original code has not been provided or its use authorized, this is a violation of my copyright. I have a good faith belief the distribution of Spigot includes content of which the distribution is not authorized by the copyright owner, it's agent, or the law.
    Obviously any surprise takedown of our software is no small matter, and we do intend to fight it to the best of our ability. Our primary goal at this point in time is to ensure that downloads of Spigot, and all previous Spigot builds remain available for public consumption. Our secondary goal is to ensure that we can continue distributing Spigot in its current form, and ensure that past versions will always be accessible. How we will do this is currently uncertain, however our first port of call is to get in contact with our legal team (which we are already doing) and attempting to issue a counter-notice to ensure that Spigot remains accessible for enough time in order to investigate and implement slightly more long term measures.

    Since we opened to donations about 11 months ago, the Spigot Team has set aside all the remaining funds which were not spent during the Minecon period, as well as a portion of all donations into a savings account. This account has been reserved for emergencies and other big ticket items (Minecon 2014 was the idea), and insofar we have not had to make use of it. As lawyers are expensive (upwards of $200/hour), we will be making full use of these donations set aside in order to fight this to the best of our ability and ensure that Spigot remains accessible to all. We are also hoping to get in contact with some legal professionals who specialize in licensing disputes such as those to do with GPL.

    I’ve got to leave for the day now, however I will do my best to update this post when I can with whatever developments we receive.

    ~Spigot Team

    Edit: please read the takedown notice before responding, the takedown was filed by Wesley Wolfe, however Mojang's chief operating officer Vu Bui has supported it on Mojang's behalf.

    Edit 2: our legal team has begun work on a DMCA counter notice. Also thanks to all those who have made donations. They will be set aside from the normal pool.

    Edit 3: We are currently in contact with Mojang on this matter, and also I'm going to bed.

    Edit 4: We wish to clarify that at this point it appears that Mojang does not support the takedown claim issued by Mr Wolfe.

    Edit 5: our counter notice has been prepared. We will be reviewing and hopefully issuing it tomorrow.
     
    #1 md_5, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2014
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  2. I'll donate soon if it helps.
     
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  3. Config

    Config Previously Rydan
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    Thanks for the update.
     
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  4. JamesJ

    Supporter

    Wait what?
    So, correct me if I wrong, but Mojang DMCA'd us?!?
    If so, WHAT!
    Mojang have even asked for your help and I thought you got along with them.
    If not, I'm sooo confused.
     
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  5. Oh Great... I wish you luck. But this has gone past proving a point now.
     
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  6. What hope at all does Spigot have legally? You are using someone else's code, and he doesn't like it. I am not sure how you can exactly fight that case and win.

    Still, I really hope you do. We can't have Spigot also shutting down :(.

    I see downloads are still available. Will downloads be going down? Or will they stay up?
     
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  7. No, a old Bukkit Developer has.
     
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  8. Good luck! This is kinda sad... He knows he's ruining the Minecraft community even more now... Oh, and he won't be welcome anymore I guess?
     
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  9. maldahleh

    Wiki Team

    Not Mojang, a former Bukkit developer who never joined the Mojang team. He also sent a DMCA takedown request to Bukkit (owned by Mojang).
     
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  10. clankstar

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    Ex-Bukkit developer Wesley Wolfe did, and as Mojang owns Bukkit, they are technically victims as well.
     
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  11. It's all over.

    The end is nigh
     
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  12. Good to see that spigot is going to be fighting it and making it public. I hate that Mojang/Bukkit have made no type of statement of what they are going to do. I think you have gone a better way about this. Damn shame he had to start of us :/


    EDIT: There is a super thread about the CraftBukkti situation here.
     
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  13. Best of luck.
     
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  14. Idiots today.
     
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  16. No, Wolvereness did who was a Bukkit developer and is not affiliated with anything right now I believe.
     
  17. kill_da_trolls

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    This is amazing news, thank you for standing up for Spigot and the community. Still sad to see all of this mess in wake of the EULA, though..
     
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  19. JamesJ

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    Thanks. I was Soo confused then lol.
    Wesley is a (excuse my French) total shit face.
    What is wrong with people nowadays?
     
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  20. uuids then the eula then bukkit shutting down now this? holy shit...
     
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