I'm considering using the free version of Font Awesome in my closed-source game. Its icons are licensed under CC BY 4.0. Because of how the game engine works, the game would embed rasterized versions of the SVG files, not the original vector icons. Given this, what would my obligations be when using Font Awesome in this way?

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    Well CC-BY really only has one requirement: Attribution, and you aren't absolved from that by changing just the data format.
    – Polygnome
    Apr 13 '20 at 22:59
  • That's it? It's not more complicated than that?
    – JesseTG
    Apr 13 '20 at 23:05
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    What obligation do you see in the license that you think you might have?
    – Polygnome
    Apr 13 '20 at 23:13
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    The main question in my mind is whether you need to notify that you modified the images. Is casting to a raster a format change or a derivative work? Either way, you can certainly do it.
    – apsillers
    Apr 14 '20 at 1:02
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    As soon as you use a work and change anything in it (format, colour, whatever), it's a derivative. Then just do what the license of the original asks you. In case of CC-BY: give credits (and no, 'wikipedia' as one sometimes sees is not giving credits. However Wikipedia has good guides / recommendations on how to credit its media if you need examples) Apr 15 '20 at 9:28

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