On Sunday 09 September 2007 10:22:55 Kumar Appaiah wrote: > Could you please comment on whether this license is DFSG compliant or > not? I am actually packaging JFTP, and it uses some small GIF images > released like this: > > COPYRIGHT: All images and icons Copyright(C) 1998 Dean S. Jones > > readme: > This is a quick page to preview the icons I am creating for some of my > Java(TM) programs. You are free to use them in your programs, but I am > retaining Copyright, and they can not be used in any books, CD-ROM's, > Web pages, or any other form of image collection without my consent. I [...] Even without looking at the DFSG, it's pretty clear it's not free if they "can not be used in any books, CD-ROM's, Web pages, or any other form of image collection without [the author's] consent". But specifically, this seems to pretty obviously fail DFSG #1, #3, and #6. #1 - specifically it disallows "image collections" #3 - doesn't allow--or even imply--that derived works are allowed #6 - the icons can only be used in "programs", not in e.g. books [...] > It'd be sad if this license discounts JFTP from entering main, but I > wanted your view for sure. Looking at JFTP, it looks like this only applies to some of the icons, not all of them. The easiest thing to do might be to ask the author to please relicense the icons under a free software license. If that doesn't work, you could always just replace the icons in question with free ones, e.g. from a different free program, from OpenClipart, from KDE or GNOME, etc. There is no dearth of good freely licensed icons out there. -- Wesley J. Landaker <firstname.lastname@example.org> <xmpp:email@example.com> OpenPGP FP: 4135 2A3B 4726 ACC5 9094 0097 F0A9 8A4C 4CD6 E3D2
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