Theme Copyrights - Artistic License..
This is actually a rather difficult issue. As a former graphics artist (classical fashion, woodblock and etchings), we had this discussion back in 1993 when we started producing digital versions of our artwork. We actually deliberatly made "distorted" versions of the originals as we were afraid our ideas would be "stolen". That was then. Today the trend has changed. One can view images in great details, and then order the original online. But i digress. I create themes for GNU Window Maker, and I make them available for free online. The images are often from classic art or from publically available sites. I make a theme to make my desktop look and feel better - and I hope others would like to share the expirience. To copyright a theme seems rather odd to me, unless the holder is a major billion dollar company with (TM) Logos and bells and whistles. An artistic theme should really not be copyrighted (imnsho) since the material used is not copyrighted. Of course an artist who creates a piece of art with referances to an older artist still holds the copyright to his own "masterpiece" but that is a different matter (to me). My webpages state that the themes are (c) yours truly, but the copyright notices clearifies this stating that users are free to do whatever they want with them. I really don't care. My themes are just meant to be desktop enhancements to make the daily work feel a bit easier.. we actually own too much. We want to own everything, we attach our names to the wierdest things claming "if it bears my name, it must be mine".. so we create another fence. Theme Copyrights? What a waste of time and resources..
With Kind regards..
Luke Th. Bullock