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Re: setup.exe splash screen - mini-competition

On Thu, Jan 03, 2002 at 05:04:28PM +1100, Robert Collins wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Christopher Faylor" <>
>>I think something new would be best, actually.  I hate to say it, but
>>we'd probably even be safest if the artist assigned the rights for the
>>drawing to Red Hat.
>Thats up to you, of course.  For setup itself I'm happy with GPL
>licencing to the 'source' (whatever that may be :])

Yes.  I purposely kept the licensing of setup.exe sources separate from
the rest of Cygwin.  Red Hat doesn't make any claim to own any of the
sources (in fact some people quite vehemently don't want to have
anything to do with them internally) but from a practical standpoint
they still "belong" to the cygwin project.

So, yes, the setup.exe sources are strictly GPLed and will always stay
that way.  The barn door has been open too long for anything else.

(And, we're going by the honor system assuming that all of the source
code in setup is unemcumbered by anything *but* the GPL.)

However, artwork is, IMO, a little bit different.  Unless someone is
willing to sign a release, I don't think it should be used in the
installer.  We can't just use random artwork without being sure that we
know where it came from.  It's too easy to pick up a jpeg file from the
net and "just use it".

The same thing is somewhat true of source code, of course, but I think
it is much less likely that someone would grab setup source code from
somewhere and pass it off as their own.  And, even if that did happen,
the code won't be flashed on the screen every time you run setup.exe.
That's too much of a red flag for my liking.

So, I don't really care if Red Hat owns the artwork.  I just want to
make sure that whomever donates the artwork is willing to legally
represent it as their own.  Using the existing Cygwin assignment form
(maybe with appropriate modifications) seemed like the easiest way to do

Hmm.  Deja vu.  I think I've made this suggestion before for similar
reasons.  I can't remember the context, though.


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