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GIMP License/Copyright Question Eric Sarver 06 Feb 20:31
  GIMP License/Copyright Question Shlomi Fish 09 Feb 19:30
  GIMP License/Copyright Question Liam R E Quin 09 Feb 20:34
Eric Sarver
2018-02-06 20:31:46 UTC (4 months ago)

GIMP License/Copyright Question

I would like to know if files that I create with GIMP such as .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF and the content within them, (such as characters I've drawn in my case) will remain under my property or ownership and that I can distribute these characters/images under a copyrighted license to prohibit others from using my work, in other words when I distribute these images online or somewhere, do the images remain my intellectual property? I am confused because in the license it says that the license means that "The GPL is a copyleft license, which means
that derivative work can
only be distributed under the same license terms." Does this mean that images or files created with GIMP must be distrubuted as open source files under the GPL license for anyone to freely use for commercial purposes? I am a very concerned artist and don't want anyone using my work.

Shlomi Fish
2018-02-09 19:30:31 UTC (3 months ago)

GIMP License/Copyright Question

Hi Eric,

On Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:31:46 +0000 Eric Sarver wrote:

I would like to know if files that I create with GIMP such as .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF and the content within them, (such as characters I've drawn in my case) will remain under my property or ownership and that I can distribute these characters/images under a copyrighted license to prohibit others from using my work, in other words when I distribute these images online or somewhere, do the images remain my intellectual property? I am confused because in the license it says that the license means that "The GPL is a copyleft license, which means
that derivative work can
only be distributed under the same license terms." Does this mean that images or files created with GIMP must be distrubuted as open source files under the GPL license for anyone to freely use for commercial purposes? I am a very concerned artist and don't want anyone using my work.

please see https://www.gimp.org/docs/userfaq.html#can-i-use-gimp-commercially . Regarding "intellectual property", please see https://www.linux.com/news/why-term-intellectual-property-seductive-mirage .

hope it helps.

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Liam R E Quin
2018-02-09 20:34:06 UTC (3 months ago)

GIMP License/Copyright Question

On Tue, 2018-02-06 at 20:31 +0000, Eric Sarver wrote:

I would like to know if files that I create with GIMP [...] will remain under my property or ownership and that I can distribute these characters/images under a copyrighted license to prohibit others from using my work, in other words when I distribute these images online or somewhere, do the images remain my intellectual property?

Yes, the images remain your intellectual property, including Moral Rights and Copyright.

A "derivative work" of GIMP would be for example another image editor - that part of the GPL doesn't apply to things made _with_ GIMP, but only to things made _out of_ GIMP, using Gimp's parts.

Liam

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