Crates.io 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.
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 Crates.io.
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 Crates.io?”
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.
For issues such as DMCA violations, trademark and copyright infringement, Crates.io 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 Crates.io that violates the Code of Conduct may be removed. There are two important, related aspects:
- We will not be pro-actively monitoring the site for these kinds of violations, but relying on the community to draw them to our attention.
- “Does this violate the Code of Conduct” is a contextual question that cannot be directly answered in the hypothetical sense. All of the details must be taken into consideration in these kinds of situations.