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Re: The Spirit of Free Software, or The Reality

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:03 PM, Thorsten Glaser wrote:

> You could make a screenshot from where the original icons are shown,
> then re-encode those tiny 16x16px thingies into new *.ico files with
> GIMP. This is sorta like taking a photograph (if in doubt, take an
> actual photo), or a bitmap font (where neither the font nor the indi‐
> vidual glyphs fall under copyright law), so only trademark law matters,
> and Don already said Debian can “probably” use them to refer to the
> sites in question.

Debian has legal advice from SPI lawyers that screenshots are
derivative works and thus are under the same license as the software
they are derived from.


Trademarks are indeed irrelevant here.

> I question that 16x16px logos fall under the copyright law at all.
> Maybe some of the picture metadata, at best (hence the suggestion
> to re-encode).

I expect some creativity goes into cramming logos into such a small
space but IANAL so...



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