[wp-hackers] GPL/WP-compatible icon sets?

Alexander Beutl xel at netgra.de
Tue Apr 15 15:04:40 GMT 2008

> Pointers to excellent GPL/LGPL-compat icons?
For GPL Icons check if this ones meet your needs:
http://paularmstrongdesigns.com/projects/ (on the right you'll find the
Gallery 2 Icon Set)

Here is one which is LGPL and therefor should be complient (yes the page is
in german - the download link should be readable for everyone anyway ;-) )

You could also check out the list you find under
(which license applies to which iconset is listed there too)

Maybe you will also want to check the OpenClipart Library (
http://www.openclipart.org/ ) there are plenty of icons in it and they are
all "in the public domain" so there will be no licensing issues at all. They
are available as .svg so you can generate the best fitting size for each of
them. But they are done by very different people and you will have some work
a) finding the right ones and b) putting them together so they all look

it's going to be narsty trying to find all the CSS references to the images
not if you have them in a seperate directory and have a good editor at hand.
If you didn't and have other images in the same directory maybe an editor
with regexp search would be of great help... notepad++, vim,... as for the
free ones - e (for example) if you want a non free editor (yep why should
one want this? I use e anyway since it is pretty cool anyway ;-) )

You sound like you have them in different files (searching/replacing in one
file wouldn't be much work at all)
If you're using windows try notepad++ which features "search in files"
(don't know about any other free win editor which features this)
If you own dreamweaver (or know someone who does) you can even "search &
replace" in files which would make work even more easy.

If you're working on linux try sed (should be shipped with it anyway) for
automatic replacements or grep to find all of the references
If you're working on mac I am the wrong person to ask - but textmate should
work fine (I regret not being able to use it n windows and have to use "e"
which tries to emulate textmate...)

If you do not want to do this stuff:
Get your icons and simply replace the old files - you do not need to edit
one line of css...

CC and GPL are not complient and there is no way out of that. You should be
able to link them but you shouldn't be able to package them as far as I
understand it. As long as you do not want to host them yourselfe best bet
would be to change the icon set (or your license - where I do not know if
non GPL complient licenses for  WordPress themes for are possible at all...)


2008/4/15, zamoose at gmail.com <zamoose at gmail.com>:
> On 4/15/08, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> > No, mere "aggregation" doesn't mix licenses. These icons are separate
> > files in the theme. It's one thing when icons are compiled into object
> > code and included with a program, it's wholly another when the files
> > are entirely separate, even if they're in the same ZIP file.
> >
> > If you put the icons in a separate directory of the theme, and stick a
> > readme in there with the CC licensing, then you're probably good. The
> > GPL doesn't, and cannot, expand to cover artwork when there's a clear
> > layer of separation. It's referencing the artwork, not including it.
> >
> >
> Otto:
> I take your point, but then I'm _distributing_ the theme myself, which
> means I'm under the CC-A/SA restrictions the original author licensed
> the icons under, thus I can't feasibly claim to be distributing a
> GPLv2 theme.
> My contributions and alterations are based on GPL and even public
> domain sources (as far as code goes), so I'd really love to stick with
> the GPL for the whole package.  If I want to distribute the icons,
> though, I'm at least thinking it rises to a "poison pill".
> I would LOVE for you to show me that I'm wrong (it's going to be
> narsty trying to find all the CSS references to the images...)
> --
> -Doug
> http://literalbarrage.org/blog/
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