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Old 03-03-2018, 06:44 AM   #1
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how to credit GPL'd art


Not really sure where to ask this. What if there's art that's been GPL licensed with a GPL licensed game. What if I want to put some of it on my webpage?

There's a copying.txt containing GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991 in the directory below where the art I want to use is so I think this is for the art.

So would I have to GPL all my webpages, like put that standard GPL thing in the comments at the top of each page like I see at the top of source code? Then would I need to put copying.txt somewhere? And still, how would anyone know? Do I need to say something on the page itself? Should people be able to click a link and read about it?

I keep reading "give proper credit" everywhere but I don't really know what that means.
 
Old 03-03-2018, 03:49 PM   #2
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here is an example from my fork of Celestia
https://github.com/JohnVV/MyCelestia...xtures/Credits

this is not a finished document but works as a good example
 
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Thx! But where would I put my version of that document? If I have art on page43.html would a link to that document back on index.html suffice?

Also if I use art then don't all my cgi scripts have to be GPL'd? Then do I have to make links to download the cgi scripts? What about that copying.txt document? Don't I need a copy of that somewhere?

(I'm not a computer programmer, nobody wants my cgi scripts. Just trying to play by the rules.)
 
Old 03-03-2018, 07:33 PM   #4
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Even if a program is GPL'ed, the art is not necessarily GPL'ed. GPL isn't the best fit for artwork, which more frequently uses Creative Commons licensing. Most people just make a reference to where they obtained the work, unless the work itself contains a more explicit reference. https://www.linux.com/news/trouble-a...tware-licenses
 
Old 03-03-2018, 07:54 PM   #5
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Battle for Wesnoth. Pretty sure the art is GPL'd. /usr/share/wesnoth/data/copying.txt
I want put a few sprites from /usr/share/wesnoth/data/core/images/units/ on my webpage.

I want to know exactly what to do to make it legal.
 
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Quote:
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I want to know exactly what to do to make it legal.
read everything the creators have written about it.
if that doesn't give enough hints:
don't pack it into a binary unless the source code is also available.
include the exact same license and copying documents as for the original art.
 
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Quote:
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Battle for Wesnoth. Pretty sure the art is GPL'd. /usr/share/wesnoth/data/copying.txt
I want put a few sprites from /usr/share/wesnoth/data/core/images/units/ on my webpage.

I want to know exactly what to do to make it legal.
You would need to include a copy of the GPL, or a link to it on some other site. But 'pretty sure it GPL'ed' is not the same as actually being GPL'ed, because artwork doesn't fit well under the GPL, so many artists don't use it.

And posting a path to copy.txt on your hard drive is not really helpful.
 
  


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