[Fwd: Licensing Policy for non-code?]
ido at vif.ca
Mon Oct 16 00:59:32 BST 2006
I discovered that kde-policies was really a dead list after sending the
included message, so I'm forwarding it here.
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Sujet: Licensing Policy for non-code?
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2006 19:19:19 -0400
De: Filipus Klutiero <ido at vif.ca>
Pour: kde-policies at lists.kde.org
more than a week ago I went to #kde-devel asking if there was a
licensing policy for content other than source code, such as artwork,
since http://developer.kde.org/policies/licensepolicy.html only covers
source code. After some time without getting a clear answer, Maksim
Orlovich suggested me to ask on mailing lists.
Ideally, someone would point me to a previous discussion on this topic
that I missed. Otherwise, let me elaborate a bit. The reason I am asking
is that I use a GNU/Linux distribution whose policy disallows inclusion
of non-modifiable material. This distribution includes an apparently
non-modifiable Firefox icon (kdebase/pics/crystalsvg/). As crystalsvg
contains other similar icons, it's clear that a full investigation of
the contents should be done if the distributor wants to be sure that
there are no other policy violations. I was asked if I volunteered to do
such an investigation. I do not know if I will, but if KDE does nothing
to help distributors with similar policies, it's probably better to
abandon the idea of cleaning the packages and only fixing policy
violations as they are reported, unless the distributor wants to review
each new file.
Before sending this mail, I contacted Stephan Binner, who committed the
Firefox logo to kdebase a little more than 2 years ago, to make sure
that it was indeed an original non-modifiable Firefox logo and not an
imitation under a free license. It turns out that he doesn't even
remember where the icon comes from. So, if there's no licensing policy
for content other than source code, distributors would still appreciate
if there was a requirement to document which files are not modifiable
(and perhaps other criteria), under which license these files are
distributed, and where/who they are from.
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