Considering minecraft.net has the server.jar download right at the download page available to people who haven't paid for the game, are you sure it's illegal? I can see linking to a minecraft.jar as being illegal, not the server.jar though. Notch needs to put a repository for older server.jars on the website...
Yes, considering how much of the community uses mods that are *nudge nudge wink wink* supported by Mojang, I don't understand why they don't have older server jars on the website. I, too, am looking for a 1.2.3 server file, because none of the mods I play with have been updated to 1.2.4 yet. Alas...
I find it odd that MojangAB will "allow" MCNostalgia for downgrading client jars, but not allow us any kind of access to downloading previous server jar's. I am myself setting up a server for friends and I need a 1.2.3 server jar (as 2 of the mods we use is not updated to 1.2.4 or now 1.2.5)
its illegal to give out minecraft.jar not the server the servers are free
actually, heres a quote from the ToS
The One Major Rule
Do not distribute anything we've made. This includes, but not limited to, the client or the server software for the game. This also includes modified versions of anything we've made.
Hm that's interesting. I believe they just put this in so they have control over modding (ex: tell people making hacked modded clients to stop distributing them?). They haven't really hammered down on any harmless mods as far as I've seen.
The jar file is the main file needed to play the game, thats why distribution isn't allowed, without it you can't play.
Mods don't come with the jar itself, they are just files that you add to the jar, these files have been written by the mod dev, not mojang.
If a mod dev decided to make his mod and release it inside a complete jar he would be breaking terms as he would be handing out mojang files.
Ah that makes a lot of sense. I was thinking of the technic modpack at the time of writing, but when I think about it it doesn't distribute the jar. Instead you log in.. and from there the jar's are downloaded from mojang (I think?), and the technic files. Also all the modded stuff is is modpack.jar anyway, which mojang didn't make.
Oh well, I guess I was just not thinking when I wrote that. Also this post/thread is getting thrown off topic. This will be my last post here.