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Re: Mathematica icons for GPL'ed software.

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  • Subject: [mg67434] Re: Mathematica icons for GPL'ed software.
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve_usenet at>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 04:32:16 -0400 (EDT)
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One possible solution is to go to the Help Browser (version 5.2), and to 
drill down to Demos | Notebooks | Cover Image Construction which is a 
Mathematica notebook for creating the Mathematica logo (version 5) from 
scratch. You could then modify this notebook to create a (sufficiently 
different) variant of the logo to use in building your own icon (i.e. export 
the image of the logo, and then iconify this image using suitable 
image-editing software).

What "sufficiently different" means in this context is up to you to find 

Steve Luttrell
West Malvern, UK

<see-my-signature at> wrote in message 
news:e7drrj$9hs$1 at
> Are there any icons for Mathematica which could be legally distributed
> with GPL'ed software? I'm looking for something which someone would
> recognise as being related to Mathematica to use as an icon.
> There's an icon on the Wikipedia page:
> which states:
> "This is an icon of copyrighted computer software. It is believed that
> the exhibition of icons
> * to illustrate or identify the computer software in question
> * on the English-language Wikipedia, hosted on servers in the United
> States by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, qualifies as fair use
> under United States copyright law. Any other uses of this image, on
> Wikipedia or elsewhere, may be copyright infringement. See
> Wikipedia:Fair use and Copyrights."
> I'm not sure if this is actually true or not. In any case, (again
> according to Wikipedia) this "fair use" is a "Doctrine in United
> States copyright law" which may not be too relevant outside the USA.
> I've temporarily at least added the icon to a web page:
> but I'm not sure if adding that to GPL'ed software would be a
> copyright infringement or not. (My guess is that it probably would be,
> which is why I'm looking for something which will definitely not be a
> copyright infringement).
> -- 
> Dr. David Kirkby BSc MSc PhD CEng MIEE
> Chartered Engineer

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