[Clipart] [Open Clip Art Library] license problem

Roan Horning roan at horning.us
Wed Jan 14 06:16:17 PST 2009

Hi Jarod,

The simple answer is no, you can not put works into the public domain 
and also put a license on those same works.

However, it seems that the artist did not fully understand the 
implications of submitting his work to openclipart.org. I would ask you 
not to use his work until this issue is resolved. The first thing that 
needs done is to compile a list of his artwork and mark it as a 
potential copyright issue. We then need to contact the author of the 
works and either obtain his consent that the works submitted are in the 
public domain, or let him know that we will have to delete his work from 
the site if the works can not be part of the public domain.



noreply at openclipart.org wrote:
> Hello,
> today I had a look through several images and designers at openclipart.org. I followed a link in one of the designers profile to his website. The terms of use there said his images are for non-commercial use only. 
> If I understand the Public Domain Dedication at creativecomments.org right, this stands in conflict to the Public Domain License. 
> Per mail I asked the user about his images at openclipart.org. I quote from his answer: "all my images on openclipart.org are ONLY FOR NON-COMMERCIAL use."
> Can he release images in the public domain and still say it is for non-commercial use only? I thought if he release an image to the public domain he don't has that right anymore and I can use it for any purpuse what includes commercial use. 
> An information on this would be deeply appreciated. 
> Thank you for your time
> regards
> Jarod
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