Licensing pictures within an application

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at
Fri Sep 30 14:39:54 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-09-30 at 15:08 +0200, Christian Jodar wrote:
> Lewis Jardine wrote:
> > I'm not sure what you're wanting. If you want the authors credited in a
> > derivative work's copyright section, all licenses provide this.
> That's exactly what I wanted. And this is one of the main point I missed
> (the other one being difference between license/copyright/trademark but
> thanks to Jeff and other members I got it).
> Concerning GPL for non programs, I think something should be done because
> it is not so clear as it should be. This license was made for command line
> programs. Now we have applications with complex graphical user interfaces
> and so requiring a lot of design and pictures. I don't think it is well
> covered by the license.

Actually the GPL is very simple:

Each file inside of a source tree must be licensed under a GPL
compatible license, no matter if these files contain code, artwork or
whatever. This is the invective nature of the GPL, some people moan
about since the GPL is in existence, and have drawn their consequences.

I'd recommend you to do the same: Either this is acceptable to you and
to those people doing your artwork or you should not distribute your
program under the GPL.

BTW: Don't forget to ask everybody who has ever contributed to your
package for permission to change the license they gave you, in case you
should decide to change your licensing. You are not allowed to change
the licensing of code others contributed to your work under the GPL. ;)


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