[WikiEN-l] Wikipedia screenshots

Peter Ansell ansell.peter at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 03:21:10 UTC 2007

On 12/07/07, Nick <heligolandwp at googlemail.com> wrote:
> The Wikipedia logo can be removed in any image manipulation software, such
> as GIMP or Photoshop. If the screenshot is taken from an open source
> operating system and browser combination and includes only text and or text
> and images licenced under a free licence, then you've got a truely free
> screenshot.
> If you use a closed source operating system, such as Windows or MacOS,
> certain elements of the GUI that are included make the image a derivative
> and would fall under the copyright auspices of the relevant companies, such
> as Microsoft or Apple. Anything with a Java GUI in it, regardless of
> platform falls under Sun's copyright.
> Hope this helps,
> Nick

So Wikipedia is the only thing which necessarily sullies the freeness
of a screenshot? Do you really blame Sun for acting the same as the
Wikimedia Foundation in this respect? They are both trying to protect


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