smileys again

Vlad K. vlad.kulik at
Tue Mar 23 08:29:34 EDT 2010


Thank you very much, Mark. I've already wrote on help page, that smileys are
distributed under GPL.

Best regards, Vlad.

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Mark Doliner <mark at> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Vlad K. <vlad.kulik at> wrote:
> > Hi everyone again.
> >
> > Sorry for disturbing you once again. Some days ago I've posted a question
> > concerning Pidgin 2.0.2 smileys. Wheter can I use smiley images for blogs
> > and boards on my web service. I've read the GPL and as I understood I'm
> free
> > to use any part of software distributed under GPL, right? But according
> to
> > GPL should I then provide the source code of my website scripts if I'm
> using
> > smileys of GPL distributed software? Please, figure it out for me.
> >
> > Thank you in advance, Vlad.
> Hi Vlad.  Short answer: You're free to use the images and you do not
> need to provide the source code of your website scripts.  You might
> need to state somewhere on your website that the images are covered
> under the terms of the GPL?
> Long answer:
> The GPL was written with program source code in mind.  We also use it
> to license our images, which isn't the most natural fit.  The GPL
> requires that any library which is "linked" with our binary must also
> be released under a license that is compatible with the GPL.  In this
> case you can treat the images as both the "binary" and the "source."
> The definition of linking is any other binary which is loaded into
> memory alongside our binary such that the two binaries for a single
> piece.  This doesn't really happen for images.  Certainly your website
> scripts aren't merged with the images--that just doesn't make any
> sense.
> --Mark
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