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halfpower 06-06-2013 09:06 AM

Using GPL Images on Web Site
 
If I use GPL licensed images on a web page does that mean that the web page itself (design and content) must also be GPL licensed? The images are separate components, and also it is not quite clear to me if displaying images on a web site would constitute distribution.

Soderlund 06-07-2013 03:14 AM

Based on that Wikipedia uses plenty of GPL-licensed images, and that their content is licensed under some free documentation license (not the GPL), I'd guess that it is not so. But I'm not an IP lawyer.

Did you check www.fsf.org? They have very detailed FAQs.

Gedagtes 06-20-2013 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by halfpower (Post 4966599)
If I use GPL licensed images on a web page does that mean that the web page itself (design and content) must also be GPL licensed? The images are separate components, and also it is not quite clear to me if displaying images on a web site would constitute distribution.


The first question seems to be which license is involved (ie what are its exact terms).

In general the issue seems to resolve itself to whether what you are doing with the images can be considered an adaptation or modification of the original images. Are the originals mainly unaffected by incorporation into the website?

In the case of the GNU GPL the inclusion of a GPL work in a compilation does not require the extension of the GPL license terms to other separate and independent parts.

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

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A compilation of a covered work with other separate and independent works, which are not by their nature extensions of the covered work, and which are not combined with it such as to form a larger program, in or on a volume of a storage or distribution medium, is called an “aggregate” if the compilation and its resulting copyright are not used to limit the access or legal rights of the compilation's users beyond what the individual works permit. Inclusion of a covered work in an aggregate does not cause this License to apply to the other parts of the aggregate.
The emphasis in this license is on software and I am not at all sure to what extent the incorporation of images into a website is an extension and forms a larger program.


A Creative Commons license I looked at similarly provides that other parts of what are globally termed a collection, are not affected (ie the GPL license need not be extended to the other independent parts.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode

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1. Definitions

"Adaptation" means a work based upon the Work, or upon the Work and other pre-existing works, such as a translation, adaptation, derivative work, arrangement of music or other alterations of a literary or artistic work, or phonogram or performance and includes cinematographic adaptations or any other form in which the Work may be recast, transformed, or adapted including in any form recognizably derived from the original, except that a work that constitutes a Collection will not be considered an Adaptation for the purpose of this License. For the avoidance of doubt, where the Work is a musical work, performance or phonogram, the synchronization of the Work in timed-relation with a moving image ("synching") will be considered an Adaptation for the purpose of this License.

"Collection" means a collection of literary or artistic works, such as encyclopedias and anthologies, or performances, phonograms or broadcasts, or other works or subject matter other than works listed in Section 1(f) below, which, by reason of the selection and arrangement of their contents, constitute intellectual creations, in which the Work is included in its entirety in unmodified form along with one or more other contributions, each constituting separate and independent works in themselves, which together are assembled into a collective whole. A work that constitutes a Collection will not be considered an Adaptation (as defined below) for the purposes of this License.

I am not sure that this is of much help. Ultimately (as I have suggested at the outset) the relationship of the website and images should perhaps be looked at closely. Perhaps asking whether the website can stand on its own feet without the images (and vice versa) can provide guidance. This issue must have cropped up often before.

John VV 06-21-2013 02:13 AM

almost all the time with GPL'ed images
just give the credit where the credit is do
as in
name the person who created the image

but depending on just what license is used , there may be more needed .


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