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Re: "flattr this" images

On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 at 09:23:43AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> > 4. replace the image with text. probably the most viable way. has the
> >    same implications as 3., but not that bad.
> This the only realistic solution in my opinion.

i've had a look at your original post and wikipedia again:

> If you believe Wikipedia, the PayPal logos are not copyrightable and
> presumably the relevant packages use them to refer to PayPal, so
> trademark law should be irrelevant. The donate buttons however are
> probably non-free.

same applies to the flattr logo according to [1], and the button in
question[2] doesn't contain more colored shapes then the logo itself.

so is this really an issue? i'm afraid there isn't a threshold like "if
you can compress it down to that many bytes, it's not copyrightable" --
is there a way to determine whether we have to care, or is it policy to
err at the side of caution and not include such files at all?

i think i'll go for the text solution for the time being, but if the
images are really not copyrightable, including them would enhance
recognizability of flattr links and spare us potential discussions with


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Flattr.svg&page=1 
[2] https://github.com/openscad/openscad/blob/master/icons/flattr.png

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