I have a question regarding the attribution of icons for the PC application (Title, Author, Source and License).

I have icons from different authors and of course also with different licenses - CC BY 4.0 and CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, (commercial use allowed - some with backlink).

Since this is an application (the icons are in the menu, toolbar, etc.), it is not possible to give attribution for each icon in that particular place. So is it possible to include attributions on the "About" page, or direct the user to the web page about the application, where this information would be provided? The second option (website) would be better for me.

Does anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks for any advice


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    You can obviously provide attribution in an 'About' page. Please read the licenses (here and here) and let us know in detail which parts are still unclear for you. Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 10:09
  • You might be interested in this answer as well. It describes how license language and attribution might be stored within the icon files. Some other file formats have similar options to add information in metadata. Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 10:00

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The CC license explicitly states that a work must be marked, but it does not say how this must exactly be done.

Creative Commons makes it clear that attribution can be conditioned by a specific context and medium.

In my opinion - yes - you can put all attributions in the About section. See how Google does it in Chrome or Mozilla in Firefox (or any other browser). They do a special "Open Source Licenses" section. For CC-BY licenses, this also applies, because these browsers contain content under these licenses. See details in Firefox at about:license or chrome://credits.

You can do a thought experiment: you're writing a book. You want to use Creative Commons-licensed graphics in this book. Do you have to list the CC licenses on every instance of each graphic? Can you just make yourself a copyright section somewhere at the end or beginning and put that in there? You must do this within one work or materials attached directly to that work (e.g. in the description of a video).

Since you save this information in the app and use the icons in the app, it's a bit like writing the information elsewhere in the book (e.g. at the end of the book). If this argument appeals to you, I would like to point out that programs are often copyrighted "as literary works" (depending on the jurisdiction).

If you still have any doubts, you can check out the creative commons wiki.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

This is not legal advice

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