Education on image licensing and freedom

David Nielsen gnomeuser at
Tue Sep 23 19:31:56 UTC 2008

2008/9/23 Máirín Duffy <duffy at>

> 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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