Icons - Licensing

Hi there,

I have been watching the development of Haiku from afar and I must say it looks very promising! Keep up the great work!

I think the iconsets used in haiku are absolutely beautiful, and was wondering what license they are under, as I would love to use them for section headings for my personal web-page. Is this allowed?

I managed to find what appeared to be the icons in your svn(http://svn.berlios.de/viewcvs/haiku/haiku/trunk/data/artwork/icons/ ?), however they seem to be stored in an unexpected (to me) format. Assuming that I am allowed to use these icons, is there a way to convert them into a web-ready format (jpg?). I’m hoping the tools needed will be available on my computer (I’m running OpenBSD, but I have access to solaris, linux and windows too).




The log entries clearly say “in native Icon-O-Matic format” - with Icon-O-Matic being an application you’ll find on your Haiku installation!


Icon-O-Matic offers PNG export for 16x16, 32x32 and 64x64 pixel sizes.
I’m not sure about the licensing. From my understanding of the Distro Guidelines ( http://haiku-os.org/community/guidelines_for_creating_a_haiku_distribution ) I’d say "You may use the official Haiku icons and artwork."
You may want to post that question on the general mailinglist…

I’m of the opinion that a LICENSING text file needs to be put into the repository for the binary format of the icons. I will try and remember to remind stippi of this if nobody else does.

It is my understanding that the icons themselves are also released under MIT licensing terms, but since it’s not specifically stated as such anywhere - the safest bet is to contact the creator and ask permission directly.

Or as suggested by Blibbering Humdinger, it’s probably safest to ask on the mailing list as well… the only problem is that you’ll get replies and opinions from more people than you need to :slight_smile: the original author is always the default copyright holder on artwork and/or code unless specified otherwise, and stippi (Stephan Aßmus) is likely the creator of most of those icons, or knows which ones were created by other persons.