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Discussion GUI Assets / Intellectual Property

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GUI Assets / Intellectual Property
The first time I saw the PC-BSD mount tray icon for an optical disc, I thought, wow, what a nice, sleek design.

Quite by happenstance, I saw a Windows 7 installer recently, and I could not help but notice the similarities.

Compare:
CD Icon (pc-mounttray)
Win7 Installer Icon

That same image from PC-BSD goes back at least as far as PC-BSD was on github. I did not muck around with the old CVS/SVN repositories. I have not seen this icon in TrueOS yet, but I may have to wait a while before I can play with it and really dig in.

What do you suppose might be the implications of such close derivatives from proprietary software being repackaged in open-source software? I don't work for Microsoft, but I would not want to see this project get in any kind of trouble that could be easily avoided. While I am not a lawyer, I still wonder that there could be some legal issue. Samsung has gotten some grief from Apple a lot lately, I want to say including for reasons about icon design. Has anyone looked into this, gotten permissions, etc.?
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RE: GUI Assets / Intellectual Property
I would certainly agree that there is obvious similarity.  I don't know which one actually came first or its true origin, but I did do a couple searches via tineye.

Plain version like in PC-BSD

Version used for Win7 example

There seem to be far too many versions of the image out there in the wild already to believe that it is a protected image.. I am no lawyer and cannot/didn't verify the status of any/all of the variants.
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RE: GUI Assets / Intellectual Property
(12-08-2016, 06:29 AM)styr Wrote: The first time I saw the PC-BSD mount tray icon for an optical disc, I thought, wow, what a nice, sleek design.

Quite by happenstance, I saw a Windows 7 installer recently, and I could not help but notice the similarities.

Compare:
CD Icon (pc-mounttray)
Win7 Installer Icon

Has anyone looked into this, gotten permissions, etc.?

We go to great lengths to make sure any and all icons and images included in our software have a friendly license that allows re-use.  I agree the icon looks similar.  Although with our icon it's a very generic icon and there's no branding associated.  The link below is where this one looks like it originated from.  You can see it is definitely labeled for re-use.  There's a pretty clear license agreement attached to that page if anyone's interested in reading it.

http://www.iconarchive.com/show/vista-ha...-icon.html
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RE: GUI Assets / Intellectual Property
(12-09-2016, 04:38 AM)JoshDW19 Wrote: http://www.iconarchive.com/show/vista-ha...-icon.html

Thanks, if I had not seen the large image I would never have imagined a DVD case. I thought the blue thing was a mobile hard disk drive.
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RE: GUI Assets / Intellectual Property
Cool, thanks! That's all good to know. There are lots of good resources in that archive.
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