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FYI, thought this was interesting.


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Subject: [Tango-artists] Re: Tango icons licensing
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 10:21:10 +0200
From: Morten Omholt Alver <mortenalver gmail com>
To: tango-artists lists freedesktop org
References: <8a363cdc0607250949k27c34a77h8d50ed50c036e87d mail gmail com>


I can now give an answer to my own question (quoted below), just in
case it could be of interest here. I sent an e-mail to the FSF as well
as this mailing list, and have now received an answer confirming that
artwork is no different from libraries in relation to the GPL. Thus,
it is not possible for a GPL application to be distributed with
artwork licensed (only) under this Creative Commons license. That
settles the matter for my part - I have to look for icons elsewhere.

Morten O. Alver

On 25/07/06, Morten Omholt Alver <mortenalver gmail com> wrote:

I have a question about licensing of the Tango icon set. As stated on
the web page, the icons are licensed under the terms of the Creative
Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

According to the Free Software Foundation, this license is not
compatible with the GPL, but it is not clear to me whether this
incompatibility causes problems when the CC license is applied to
artwork only.

I am interested in using the Tango icons for an application which is
GPL licensed. Is is possible to distribute and use the icons with this
application, even though the GPL cannot be applied to the icons? If
not, I would be puzzled by the choice of the CC license for Tango,
since the web page specifically mentions the creation of themes for
GPL environments like KDE and Gnome.

I have found it difficult to track down an answer to this question, so
I'm asking this mailing list in the hope that someone here has
considered this issue.

Morten O. Alver

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