[Clipart] Copyrighted material appearing on the website.
alvesjmp at gmail.com
Tue Mar 16 22:04:51 PDT 2010
Sorry Pandora's box has been opened! But I guess this is an important
I took a quick look at a few, will try to do more later. Here they go.
On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:48 PM, chovynz <chovynz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Can someone please check these?
> I'm not expert enough to indicate if this is PD or is too similar to the
> windows logo.)
Not very hopeful in my opinion -- too similar to the original Windows
logo to be considered a parody, but that's my opinion. If the swastika
shape was more exaggerated, then I think it would be alright. The way
it is now, I can only see a little swastikaracter (ah-hem) there
because I've been told it's there...
> http://www.openclipart.org/detail/20913 (Gimp text)
I briefly searched the GIMP site, and could find no license terms of
their artwork -- which could be Free like the code, or not. The
manual, for example (http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/en/), is licensed as GNU
Free Documentation. The only hint I found was that, at the bottom of
some pages, there is "© 2001-2009 The GIMP Team".
> http://www.openclipart.org/detail/20399 (Ubuntu again)
Ubuntu logos are not to be used, I'd say, given their "Legal" page:
> http://www.openclipart.org/detail/21225 (I've tried tracing the copyright of
> this logo but the language is spanish and I'm having trouble tracking down
> any written info on it. If someone else could, that would be great.
According to the Wikipedia page, this is public domain since the
author rights have expired (that's what it says there, now whether
it's true, that's a different story...) :-)
> http://www.openclipart.org/detail/29159 (Unsure)
Don't worry about this one, it is fine. First of all, it's different
enough from Tux, I think.
But more important: long time ago I read that Tux, the Linux penguin,
was put in the Public Domain by its author Larry Ewing. So now I went
to the Wikipedia page for Tux
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tux.png), and found something a
The original Tux, the official Linux mascot created by Larry Ewing 
in 1996: Permission to use and/or modify this image is granted
provided you acknowledge me lewing at isc.tamu.edu and The GIMP if
So I guess it would be fine even if it were the original Tux, no?
João Marcelo Pereira Alves (J) - Genomics, Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution
Dept. Microbiology & Immunology - MCV/VCU - Richmond, VA, USA
f. 1-804-828-3897 / 804-852-1234 - http://bioinfo.lpb.mic.vcu.edu
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