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Re: [Jonas Jacobson via RT] [gnu.org #305306] icons in proprietary softw
Re: [Jonas Jacobson via RT] [gnu.org #305306] icons in proprietary software that resemble free icons?
Wed, 27 Jun 2007 12:01:55 +0800
On Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 07:47:37PM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:
> This discussion might be more suitable on one of the gtk lists. For
> instance, the print button example is not an icon that I created, but
> a stock button from the gtk library. The icons that I created were
> not "copied" nor "derived"; by which I mean that, I never used the
> pixels from any third party's icons nor did I at any stage copy the
> files containing copyrighted icons to assist me in creating my own.
> However I did look at the icons of third parties and no doubt that
> influenced my work.
Well, then, there's no problem. Only if your icons are
derivative works of the SPSS icons would there be a problem.
Looking similar doesn't mean they're derivative works, based on
what I know now.
I hope you're not feeling threatened or offended. I certainly
value your work, including your icons, and wouldn't want to have
to replace or modify them. I wanted to find out where the line
was drawn for icons and similar works. Now I know.
I don't think there's a need to change our icons.
I agree. Even if anybody could persuade a court that they were a
copyright violation, I can't imagine that they could possibly claim
this had caused them serious loss. The worst that could happen is
that we'd have to replace them.
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