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<nettime> Are all codes code?
Felix Stalder on Tue, 4 Nov 2003 22:02:09 +0100 (CET)


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[This is unlikely to be a legal case, though from a semiotic point of view, 
it's nevertheless puzzling. Is using images that are released under the GPL 
the same than using source code released the GPL? Is including existing 
images into new images, in this case, a screenshot of a kde desktop in a tv 
series, the same as including existing source code into a new source code? 
Felix]


Posted by Jonathan Riddell on Friday 31/Oct/2003,  {AT} 17:09
from the 24h-to-3.2beta dept.
http://dot.kde.org/1067616574/

The third series of television show 24 started in the US last week. In the aim 
to improve security, The Counter Terrorist Unit seem to have switched 
operating system from MacOS to KDE [1]. Interestingly they used a 3-year-old 
KDE 1.x desktop. These older icons are made available under a public domain 
licence. If a GPL'd set of icons had been used, would we now be legally able 
to modify, sell and distribute the episode under the terms of the GPL over 
the internet? 

[1] http://jriddell.org/24-kde.html


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