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Re: Education on image licensing and freedom

2008/9/23 Máirín Duffy <duffy fedoraproject org>
Hi folks,

Did any of you joining the art team have doubts/questions/confusion over copyright law and licensing as it pertains to the usage of
externally-sourced images used in artwork? Were you unsure of what
licenses were acceptable to use in Fedora artwork?

What kinds of questions / uncertainties did you have, if any?

I think we may need to get better at making clear our expectations with respect to sourced image licensing. For some time now, we have had the following statement on the main artwork wiki page [1]:

# All contributions must be covered by the Contributor License
Agreement . We cannot accept contributions from individuals who have
not signed the CLA in the Fedora Account System . The CLA allows us
to properly license artwork submissions for distribution with Fedora
and other Fedora projects.
# Submissions must respect artwork
licensing. If your submissions consist of artwork created by other
people, please make sure the license of the original work you
incorporate is compatible with Fedora and that you are not violating
any of the provisions of its license. Just because a work is licensed
with a Creative Commons license does not mean it is free to use (make
sure you provide attribution to artists that license their work with
a CC Attribution clause.)

Are there any issues with this text? Does it need to be modified or expanded to be made more clear? Should it be copied to every main theme process page (eg /Artwork/F10Themes)?

Overall I think it's fine, maybe the wiki could supplement with a few simple examples of do and don'ts, such as:

* Unsure about source licensing terms, don't use it.
* Unable to document source licensing terms, don't use it.
It's my experience that humans often respond better to such guidelines, the above is great from a legal stance but it does not always mean the human mind thinks through all the possible scenerios.

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