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Re: [htmldesigners] Generic Icons

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 07:03:48 -0500 (EST)
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0201220700040.27485-100000@tux.w3.org>
On Tue, 22 Jan 2002, David Woolley wrote:

  It is difficult or impossible to put things into the public domain,
  at least for copyright.  In the UK you need to wait for 70 years after
  the author's death.  The nearest you can get is an explicit licence that
  grants permission to do anything.

I think that is not so. It can be done with an explicit statement by the
holder of the copyright (normally whoever created the thing). For example the
original work Tim Berners-Lee did on HTML and HTTP was explicitly released
into the public domain by CERN (holders of the copyright as his employer at
the time - a standard work condition in many places).

Anyway, you can check the licenses of an open source product and see what it
says about images etc taht are part of the content...

Amaya might be a good place to start. It has some of the relevant things, and
the copyright requirement is that you acknowledge the source, but as far as I
understand it that is all - you can do what you like in terms of
redistributing it. (There are copyright statements linked from the Amaya
pages). http://www.w3.org/Amaya


  Copyright may not be the issue, but rather design protection.  Clean
  icons are so simple that it is difficult to avoid reproducing the
  same image without copying.

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