Some unfortunate news I have to report today. I discovered that the Bukkit project has been more or less discontinued as a result of a recent DMCA notice filed against them. As a result, all Bukkit downloads have been removed and are no longer available for download, and most Bukkit staff have formally resigned. Similarly, the Spigot project received a similar notice, and has also removed all downloads; however, the Spigot team has released a program which can update Spigot through binary patching, allowing the project to continue updating within legal boundaries. As a result of these recent developments, the future of Livecraft and the 1.8 update are in question. The server will continue to be online, but many difficulties, such as the lack of future updates may be encountered.
I would like to give a personal thank you to all of the talented people who have contributed to both Bukkit and Spigot, and I have appreciated being able to have used Bukkit and Spigot for the past four years. The software was useful to hundreds of thousands, and it will be missed. I do hope that the legal issues can be resolved, but for now, the futures of both Bukkit and Spigot are unknown.
Regarding my minecraft-init and mc*NIX projects, I will update them shortly to allow binary patching of Spigot and remove downloads to both the Bukkit and Spigot projects, considering it is no longer possible to download them directly.
Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)