Are screenshots from GPLed software free?
bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Thu Jul 25 04:29:54 UTC 2013
<hacker at guillaumeponce.org> writes:
> Can screenshot from GPLed software be used freely in documents?
The GPL does not restrict such use. Taking a screenshot of a program
running is not a derived work of the program.
But there can easily be other works under copyright that are in the
For example, a screenshot of the Gimp is not a derived work of the Gimp,
and nothing in the Gimp's license restricts distribution of the screen
But a screenshot of a Gimp window displaying the Mickey Mouse logo would
require permission from the copyright holders to use in a derived work.
You can see how this can be generalised: the screenshot needs to have
permission from *all* copyright holders in any part of the work which
would be considered restricted by copyright law.
> E.g. can images from Stellarium, a planetarium software under GPL v2,
> be used for public communication by an amateur astronomy association?
It depends what the screen shot is showing. The program's GPLv2 license
would not restrict that action, but I don't know what data set you're
using and what the license of that data set is.
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