[Tango-artists] CC-SA/GPL Dual Licensing
nisses.mail at home.se
Sat Feb 24 04:43:31 PST 2007
Chris Van Patten wrote:
> my name is Chris Van Patten, and I'm a volunteer with the Synfig
> project. Synfig is a 2D animation program, and is available on
> Windows, Linux and (soon) OS X. Details on Synfig can be found at <
> I'm interested in using Tango icons for the default icons with
> Synfig. Right now, our icon library is stylistically very disjointed,
> and not very appealing to the eye. Tango would help us solve this
> problem, and further we would be helping users who have used
> Tango-ized applications in the past transition into Synfig more easily.
> Unfortunately, as I know you all are aware, Tango icons (at least the
> default library) is licensed under the CC-SA license. I'm a huge fan
> of Creative Commons, I use it for my own films. However Synfig is GPL
> licensed and thus we cannot use the default library.
> Is there any chance of seeing the Tango icons dual-licensed?
> Obviously the most obvious dual-license would be CC-SA and GPL, but
> I've seen LGPL suggested as a better alternative.
> I'm really eager to be able to utilize Tango icons and I'm sure others
> are as well... hopefully we can see some progress so it is easier to
> include these icons without violating any licenses!
> Chris Van Patten
As Jon said, using the spec-names are the way to go, and if that is not
possible code-wise, I suggest you take a look at gnome-icon-theme, that
is following the tango style-guidelines, but are licensed as gpl.
For how to handle application-specific stuff, have a look at this page:
As your application is gpl, it's wisest from a licensing perspective to
use gpl licensed icons as well. Note that the art-libre icons Jon
pointed you to is gpl, so there should be no problem to use those.
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