Unofficial Explanation About the DMCA

Jan 19, 2019
Unofficial Explanation About the DMCA

  • This is an unofficial explanation contributed by users of the Spigot forums.
    This does not represent the views of the SpigotMC administration.​

    If you wanted the CraftBukkit or Spigot jar, you simply had to download it. As you probably know, this is no longer possible. This article explains why.

    I see people posting questions about this everyday. I want to be able to refer them to one article explaining everything, without having to explain it again.

    Please edit the article if you want something to be changed.

    Bukkit's Retirement(top)

    On August 24th 2014, the old Bukkit Development Team decided to retire the Bukkit project, due to a decline in development interest and a lack of new blood for contributions.

    Mojang's Takeover(top)

    In response to Bukkit's announcement, Mojang revealed that they had secretly owned the Bukkit Project for a few years, and revoked the Bukkit team's access to all bukkit resources (github, forums and others).


    Wolvereness is someone who developed CraftBukkit. He was one of the largest contributors in the codebase. After the aforementioned event had occurred, he filed a DMCA takedown.

    DMCA Takedown(top)


    This basically means, that Wolvereness filed a DMCA takedown to prevent people from downloading CraftBukkit. His reasons for doing this are only truly known to him.

    IRC Chat(top)

    There was an IRC chat on October 11, 2014. It can be found here:[2014-10-10].htm.

    The important parts:



    Spigot now had two choices:

    • rewrite all code by Wolvereness
    • Accept its removal
    Spigot is, though:



    Spigot talked with their lawyers and came to the conclusion that they could continue Spigot, but it wouldn't be possible to just download the .jar: hence why a project called 'BuildTools' was introduced.

    BuildTools allows you to compile Spigot, CraftBukkit and Bukkit on your own computer. That way, you can get a Spigot, CraftBukkit and Bukkit .jar, without downloading it; meaning that the DMCA doesn't have any effect!
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