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I want to use some icons on some links in the footer of my website, such as these. They are under the MIT license. These icons are files by themselves, so I cannot just add the MIT license at the top of the files I want to use. I want the source code of the website to be as small as possible.

How exactly do I add the MIT license to these icons? I have spent a surprising amount of time googling without getting a clear answer.

  1. Is an HTML comment on the line above the icon linking to the license sufficient, or would I have to include the full copy of the license?
  2. Is a copy of the license or link to that license displayed in an about section of my website a sufficient alternative, saying it refers to these icons? I think that's what this answer is saying.
  3. Is a copy of the license in the GitHub repo that hosts my project (in the same folder that holds the icons) sufficient, provided I link to the GitHub repo at the bottom of every page of my website?
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    The answer you link seems correct. So, option 2 – planetmaker Feb 17 at 11:49
  • Are any of the other options correct? It seems possible that there is more than one correct way to do this. – jeremysprofile Feb 17 at 16:23
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    I don't think comments in a website or link to source convey the license information correctly / sufficiently as it doesn't give attribution directly. An 'about' page with copyright info and links to sources there is IMHO not much to ask. Yet you can probably argue with some effort that (3) fulfills the requirements. But why not be up-front and give credit where credit is due? – planetmaker Feb 17 at 16:36
  • I'm fine with saying "Icons by XYZ and XYZ from some.website" or something. Including the whole license seems uncommon (from what I've looked at), and doesn't look as clean to me. – jeremysprofile Feb 17 at 16:38
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    Oh, yes, I agree; seems I mis-understood something. That's what I'd do on the about page: names, and license-name (with link to license). I'd not spell-out the complete license on the same page. – planetmaker Feb 17 at 17:03

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