[WF-General] License stuff. Fun!

David C. Young dcyoung at pobox.com
Tue Apr 9 13:42:23 PDT 2002

On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 12:40:05AM +0200, Uta Szymanek wrote:
> Hallo,
> Perhaps you should think about the fact that all uploaded webimages for the worldforge
> website including isostudies, sketches, banners, maps,... that are only available in
> jpg or png or gif  (for example) do not (!) fullfill the GFDL, because the original
> layered images are not available. This goes not only for my graphics ;)
> If you guys rebuild the new website carefully (always obeying the GFDL), you should
> care only to use those images, which are available as the layered image in full
> resolution.

Really? IANAL either, but it seems to me that the GFDL requires only that images be
distributed in transparent form. "A "Transparent" copy of the Document means a 
machine-readable copy, represented in a format whose specification is available to the
general public, whose contents can be viewed and edited directly and straightforwardly
with ... generic paint programs..." So how is a PNG non-transparent? GIFs are trickier
and I don't know about JPEGs. However, the PSDs or similar originals are _not_ 
transparent, as their formats are not publicly available. Maybe Novalis can tell us
more about this issue.

> And what's about your originals and layered tiles, Tom?
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