I have important question about the icons using in Blender 2.8.
Actually, I’m developing some tool which is supposed working closely around Blender inside Blender centered workflow. In order to have same look and feel, it is better if I use the icons from Blender for the tool.
However, I wonder if the svg file for icons are also licensed under GPL? I think I’m not ready to release my tool under GPL license. So I wonder if there is any other license option for the icons.
To be part of the Blender, new monoicons must be licenced in a way that’s compatible with the app’s licencing model. Saying that, I made it to be a subject to the GNU GPL licence. The SVG I release at blenderartists.org has an appropriate annotation.
EDIT: Files with licence text and copyright info were uploaded.
Icons must be used only for functions they were designed for, in order to maintain GUI’s internal integrity, to keep good UX under control and to avoid confusion.
I’m not an expert for the license stuff. I think GPL is good generally.
I am just wondering for people developing their own tools around Blender, there will be a lot of same concepts such as Mesh/Nodes/Camera etc and it’s better if people can use the same visual elements to represent same/similar concept. I do not have an answer or maybe we just cannot get both…
When I released icons for 2.5 for the first time, I did it under CC. Ton e-mailed me then, that CC is not compatible with BLender’s licensing. Is it still valid? I’d gladly use the CC model, but don’t know if it’s possible now.
it is your work, you can license it under any license you want, which includes dual licensing, you could license under GPL for blender and any of the CC-* licenses you prefer for other consumers of the icon set.
last time I checked GPL was only for code, which is why FSF made FDL for documents in the first place. That’s also the reason why GPL cannot touch blend file other that embedded python scripts. Unless BF has a custom made GPL license I have not seen.
It’s about the distinction between the program and the data being edited by that program. Not about source code vs. icons images, which may be either part of a program or not. The Blender icons are part of the program and GPL licensed.
Your link does not say “GPL is not for data”, but “The interpreted program, to the interpreter, is just data” which is a much more specific statement.