package policies

In general, these policies are guidelines. Problems are often contextual, and exceptional circumstances sometimes require exceptional measures. We plan to continue to clarify and expand these rules over time as new circumstances arise.

Package Ownership

We have a first-come, first-served policy on crate names. Upon publishing a package, the publisher will be made owner of the package on

If someone wants to take over a package, and the previous owner agrees, the existing maintainer can add them as an owner, and the new maintainer can remove them. If necessary, the team may reach out to inactive maintainers and help mediate the process of ownership transfer.


Many questions are specialized instances of a more general form: “Under what circumstances can a package be removed from”

The short version is that packages are first-come, first-served, and we won’t attempt to get into policing what exactly makes a legitimate package. We will do what the law requires us to do, and address flagrant violations of the Rust Code of Conduct.


We do not have any policies to define 'squatting', and so will not hand over ownership of a package for that reason.

The Law

For issues such as DMCA violations, trademark and copyright infringement, will respect Mozilla Legal’s decisions with regards to content that is hosted.

Code of Conduct

The Rust project has a Code of Conduct which governs appropriate conduct for the Rust community. In general, any content on that violates the Code of Conduct may be removed. There are two important, related aspects: