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Re: The Spirit of Free Software, or The Reality

[Resending to the list, sorry.]

On 2015-07-17 16:03, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
Ian Jackson <ijackson <at> chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

The problem is simply that the icons are non-DFSG-free.

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),

I guess taking a photograph doesn't change a copyright status of a thing in most jurisdictions (or make things even more complex if there is creativity in the photo itself etc.)

or a bitmap font (where neither the font nor the indi‐
vidual glyphs fall under copyright law),

Fonts are special in that their creative form serves a functional role at the same time. Hence they are frequently protected by patents or some such. In practice, the copyright situation in US for bitmap fonts is mostly clear but for non-bitmap fonts it is kinda surreal.

so only trademark law matters,
and Don already said Debian can “probably” use them to refer to the
sites in question.

Alexander Cherepanov

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