Here's a guide to those #CreativeCommons icons:
- Creative Commons
- share alike
- no derivatives
- public domain
I hope these get baked into every instance. Makes sense when you consider the level of open collaboration here.
@InspectorCaracal @RussSharek @Curator "Creative Commons licenses the use of its button marks that describe particular legal tool and its icon marks that describe key license element, such as BY, NC, ND, and SA, on the conditions that you use the mark solely to describe the Creative Commons legal tool that applies to a particular work and, in a manner reasonable to the medium and context, include the URI or hyperlink to the relevant Commons deed on the Creative Commons server."
I can imagine a case where you write an academic article about the icons. the article is fully under 'all rights reserved' and you include the icons as part of your discussion on them. I think using them as part of your posts is totally ok, as long as I don't invent my own (LP) licence and use their icons.
Of course I'm not a lawyer and this is not a legal advice.
Here are the Creative Commons trademark policy terms: https://creativecommons.org/policies/#trademark
I think the bottom line is: don't use it for anything else than licencing under #CreativeCommons
Is the admin of the mastodon instance is liable? Since I explained to them in what way icons (trademarks) are available on mastodon.art (as custom emojis that everyone can use as they see fit) and they endorsed it, I doubt that this would ever be a problem for the instance.
Mastodon.ART — Your friendly creative home on the Fediverse! Interact with friends and discover new ones, all on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free. Admin: @Curator. Moderators: @EmergencyBattle, @ScribbleAddict, @TapiocaPearl, @Otherbuttons, @katwylder