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

Alexander Beutl xel at netgra.de
Tue Apr 15 16:26:35 GMT 2008

Just want to clarify:
I do not see any problems from CC's side

> [...] this does not require the Collective Work apart from the Work itself
> to be made subject to the terms of this License.
And the theme would be something like a Collective Work I think, which is
definded as following:

*"Collective Work"* means a work, such as a periodical issue, anthology or
> encyclopedia, in which the Work in its entirety in unmodified form, along
> with a number of other contributions, constituting separate and independent
> works in themselves, are assembled into a collective whole. A work that
> constitutes a Collective Work will not be considered a Derivative Work (as
> defined below) for the purposes of this License.

The only troubles I see are that GPL doesn't allow some stuff. Especially
the following (taken from CC-BY-SA full juristical version) doesn't fit into
GPL (but there will be more examples if one dives deep enogh into the

If You create a Collective Work, upon notice from any Licensor You must, to
> the extent practicable, remove from the Collective Work any reference to
> such Licensor or the Original Author, as requested.

Anyway: You'll have a chance of about 99% that the author of the icons has
no problem with his work being included and will give you the permissions to
do so. I think this is more of a theoretical approach then of a real issue -
especially because this icons are not designed to be printed or presented
but used in (free)(web)applications which is exactly what you want to do.


2008/4/15, Andrew Ferguson <andrew at fergcorp.com>:
> "*Share Alike*. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may
> distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to
> this
> one." [1]
> Since your just including the icons (which I would be hard pressed to
> think
> qualifies as building upon the work), I don't think you need to worry
> about
> making your code CC-licensed.
> +1 to Beutl's idea as well
> [1] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
> -Andrew Ferguson
> http://andrewferguson.net
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Alexander Beutl <xel at netgra.de> wrote:
> > Another Idea though would be to ask the theme author for permission to
> > include it in GPL work under GPL License - maybe he'll add another
> licence
> > which is nearly compatible when you hand in some information about the
> > troubles you have including the work (the article I mentioned in my
> > previous
> > mail ( http://www.linux.com/feature/119212 ) may help)
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