Open source, closed source, and the value of code

Monte Goulding monte at
Wed Mar 2 07:42:37 CET 2016

> On 2 Mar 2016, at 5:06 PM, J. Landman Gay <jacque at> wrote:
> Two hypotheticals:
> 1. I create a viewer app to display my original artwork as part of my job-seeking resume. The viewer seems useful so I decide to distribute it to others so they can make their own resumes. I include at least some of my artwork in the distribution so that potential users can see how the app works, but I don't want them to use my artwork in their own resumes. I decide to license my artwork restrictively, but the viewer app is GPL. I would think separate licensing in that case would be okay. The app doesn't depend on my particular artwork, it only needs something to display. (I know I could include media that is public domain instead, but that's not the point.)
> 2. I create an app that teaches the history of medieval art. The artwork is mostly public domain, but some of the illustrations, maps, whatever are my own creations. The stack doesn't work without the media, and the text in the app describes it. In that case I need to license everything as GPL because the app isn't functional without the supporting files.
> Yes?

I think wiser heads than mine need to answer this for 1.



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