[Clipart] Posibility of GPL
bryce at bryceharrington.com
Fri Jun 18 13:09:46 PDT 2004
On Fri, 18 Jun 2004, Alan Horkan wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Jun 2004, Ted Gould wrote:
> > On Fri, 2004-06-18 at 05:02, Rob Myers wrote:
> > > I don't think public domain's a good idea because it doesn't grow
> > > value. But I appreciate that any license that would require work
> > > that includes Open Clip Art to be Open would be unusable for
> > > commercial work. Possibly LGPL would be better than GPL, or some
> > > sort of dual licensing.
> > In short, no. I think that to really understand you have to think of
> > the practical reality of using the artwork.
> I have to agree with Ted.
I'm glad to see us having a good discussion on this. I too am a big
proponent and advocate of GPL, but the arguments favoring Public Domain
in our particular situation are pretty compelling.
I do feel that artwork that is primarily and principly intended only for
use as part of a piece of software (e.g., content for a game, or icons
for a window manager), it makes sense to have them as L/GPL, however
those cases are a subset of what we're after with clip art.
> When I first joined this list I tried to voice my concerns and suggest
> alternatives to Public Domain because I see the need to build value and
> the danger of others shamelessly exploiting our work without giving
> anything back.
> Artists need materials that are Royalty Free.
> If attribution is required it seems no one has found a way to meet this
> condition in such a way that is not considered an "obnoxious advertising
> clause". With a clear description of exactly how this requirement could
> be met it might be possible but it would be difficult to work out those
This is one of the reasons I'm strongly interested in seeing us keep
metadata with (or preferably *in*) the files. Even if by terms of the
license users don't have to know the attribution, I want to do
everything we can to try to ensure that info is captured and publically
available from our websites, and - so long as it does not impact user's
ability to use the work - also include it in the images.
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