[License-discuss] CC v3 artwork with GPLv3
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Wed Oct 10 07:29:12 UTC 2012
Ilia Ternovich wrote:
> I'm building Open Source project based on GPLv3 license. I'm using
> artwork from several independent artists and their artwork is licensed
> under CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivate 3.0.
> Additionally I've got in touch with artists directly and gained
> approve to use their artwork in my project. Can I distribute artwork
> alognside my project binaries/source code? How should I notify end
> user that artwork is not GPLv3?
Assuming the artwork is part of the user interface, not just sample
data, you need to provide the program in a perfectly usable form using
artwork that is GPL compatible, then provide the additional artwork
It is important that the program is completely usable without the
no-commercial use artwork. It also assumes that the artwork isn't a
derivative work of the program.
This is based on my understanding of the spirit behind the GPL. It
doesn't say when the artwork becomes a derivative work, although artwork
that is meaningful outside of the context of the particular program will
be safer, and it doesn't define how separate separately has to be,
although I would suggest that there needs to be an active step involved
in installing the restricted artwork, that happens after a fully
functional program is installed, so that no reasonable user could
install it by mistake.
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
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