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icecubeflower
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using art

Post by icecubeflower » March 1st, 2018, 7:26 am

Is there a post here on the ethics of using art from the game? I think the GPL makes it legal but what do the artists think? Is it cool as long as you credit the game or should you email each artist and ask permission or would they just prefer we not use it at all?
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Re: using art

Post by Wussel » March 1st, 2018, 5:22 pm

Artist in general do not have a good understanding of this concept called open source. GPL is not even made for art.
However it says clearly: It can be used. You can just not claim it as your own and you have to give credit. CC comes in different versions to the flavor of your liking. There is a NC (not commercial) clause for CC too.

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Re: using art

Post by icecubeflower » March 1st, 2018, 6:57 pm

I mean do you guys care, though. I mean if you spent the time and talent drawing a sprite for this game and then you saw it being used on someone's website would you feel ripped off or would you be cool with it?
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Re: using art

Post by Tad_Carlucci » March 1st, 2018, 7:25 pm

To put your art up in mainline or UMC, you're accepting that your art is licensed under one of the approved licenses. Which is up to you.

If someone else uses your artwork, you're free to feel ripped-off. Most probably would, as an initial reaction. But, so long as that use complies with the terms of your license, you must be "cool" with that use.

If they did not comply, you should, of course, not be "cool" with the violation, and are free to take any legally permissible action you deem appropriate.
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Re: using art

Post by Shiki » March 1st, 2018, 8:36 pm

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Re: using art

Post by icecubeflower » March 2nd, 2018, 6:30 am

What if i wanted to put archer-bow.png from /usr/share/wesnoth/data/core/images/units/orcs/ on my webpage? How would I make that legal? Put a link to a copy of /usr/share/wesnoth/data/copying.txt on the same page? Or just give a shout out to The Battle for Wesnoth on the same page?
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Re: using art

Post by zookeeper » March 2nd, 2018, 9:13 am

If you want to make sure an artist is okay with how you want to use their art, then the only way to do that is to ask them. Different artists may have slightly different preferences, sometimes depending on the piece of art.

I was going to suggest that you can usually find mention of who made which image by browsing the commit history of individual files, but sadly that's actually really cumbersome in many cases because of one past mass-move/rename.

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Re: using art

Post by BTIsaac » March 2nd, 2018, 9:15 am

So bottom line, this isn't the right place to ask this, you need to find the actual person who made that particular picture.

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Re: using art

Post by doofus-01 » March 3rd, 2018, 4:34 am

icecubeflower,

Say that the images are covered by either GPL v2 or CC BY-SA 4.0 and emphasize that the images came from BfW (attribution). If you do that, you can have a pretty clear conscience. Provide Shiki's link for extra padding, but it shouldn't be a requirement. Getting permission from the artist is ideal, but Wesnoth's assets span over a decade, the artists may be unreachable. These licenses exist for a reason.

If you are using the images in good faith, don't worry. We'd love the advertising, and this whole project is supposed to be shareable by like-minded people anyway. Respect the terms of the licenses as best you can, that's all we ask.
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