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Taking over and/or giving back Gems #429
It would be really nice if there was a way in both Rubygems.org as well as
In the current state this is already somewhat possible. A Gem author can simply
Looking back at this "ftp" example a way of doing this would be to allow users
Another way of doing it would be to allow the author to mark his gem as "dead",
A side effect of this feature would be that installing a Gem that was taken over
Ownership changing is hard and could lead into some legal things. We would need rules for how long a gem has to go without being updated. Then do we have a waiting period where we contact the original author and wait for them to respond. Who would be on the committee? How much time would it take? Who owns the trademark on the name? How long can they hold that trademark? Who can they sue? Anyone thinking of hiring a lawyer yet?
It is easier to come up with a new gem name than to fight all the battles that come with this.