We are replacing Mageia 2 background image

It has come to our attention that we have included artwork in Mageia 2 which we did not have permission to include.

We are very sorry about it – we did not know, and now that we do, we are putting it right just as fast as we can.

How?

Unfortunately we received artwork in our Mageia 2 artwork contest that the submitter had derived from an original work, that they did not have a license to use. We now realise that we need to check people’s copyright assertions more fully, and we’re working on ways to make sure we do that in future.

The Mageia 2 artwork contest clearly indicated that the proposals should be licensed under CC-By-SA, however we probably put too much trust in the people who submitted artwork for the contest, and someone submitted a background that was derived from another work.

In the future, we will be more cautious when validating the license of the submissions, asking for a more formal public statement about authorship and license, checking and publishing all source files used to create the image.

Fixing it

We have now talked with the original artist, and he has been kind enough to relicense his artwork and its derivative for use by Mageia. This means that those of us who have installed from the original Mageia 2 ISOs are not in breach of his copyright.

However, we are rebuilding the ISOs, including the Credits, to include his original artwork – which is beautiful! – and building updates to the necessary rpms. So if people download the rebuilt ISOs they will be getting the properly-licensed artwork, and if you have already installed Mageia 2, your system will be updated automatically. We will also include the updates in Cauldron.

Credit goes to pr09studio

The original artist is pr09studio, and his portfolio can be found at http://pr09studio.deviantart.com. We are very grateful to him for his understanding, and for licensing his beautiful work so we can use it.

Next

And from now on, when we are inviting people to submit artwork for inclusion in Mageia, we will be very very careful about checking that they have the rights to it!

Now feast your eyes on this…

Answer from Luiz

Here is a copy of his comment on this post to complete all this

I talked to the original artist, and I asked him apologize for the misunderstanding.

I’d like to do the same for the Mageia community, but I have no idea how I can do this.

I’ve found the background on a website, where the “artist” said he was the original creator, and I could modify the original file and I could redistriubui it again.

But that information was wrong, and I was mistaken, for he was not the true artist, and unfortunately I just found out today that the true artist is the “pr09studio” and his license does not allow what I did.

I apologize for any inconvenience caused by Mageia community, and, if possible, I’d like someone to add my words in the post above, as a way for me to apologize.

Luiz

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19 Responses to We are replacing Mageia 2 background image

  1. isadora says:

    Also thanks to Thorsten van Lil, who found out about this.
    Great and quick action!!!

  2. Max says:

    Thanks go to everybody who took part in this, and resolved the issue so quickly. Less than 10 hours went by from when this was brought to our attention until a fix was ready and shipped out.
    Particularly to Donald and Anne who quickly worked on branding the new artwork and replacing the old.

  3. Donald 'schultz' Stewart says:

    I feel that the real thanks here should go to pr09studio, without their cooperation this could have been far harder, and this way we not only have our issue resolved, but they will hopefully gain something from this too.

  4. Philippe says:

    Wisdom
    Mutual understanding
    Fair play
    Quick gentlemen agreement

    Congratulations and thanks to Mageia team and to “pr09studio” …

    They showed how the world can be without cupidity, greed, selfishness…
    and with mutual respect of each other’s work and mutual trust in each other’s goodwill !

    That’s a master class for us !

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  6. Luiz Fernando says:

    I talked to the original artist, and I asked him apologize for the misunderstanding.

    I’d like to do the same for the Mageia community, but I have no idea how I can do this.

    I’ve found the background on a website, where the “artist” said he was the original creator, and I could modify the original file and I could redistriubui it again.

    But that information was wrong, and I was mistaken, for he was not the true artist, and unfortunately I just found out today that the true artist is the “pr09studio” and his license does not allow what I did.

    I apologize for any inconvenience caused by Mageia community, and, if possible, I’d like someone to add my words in the post above, as a way for me to apologize.

    Luiz

  7. Luiz Fernando says:

    I think my above post have some english errors…

    Sorry for this too :(

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  9. cshin9 says:

    The cause of this error was that whoever Luis downloaded the artwork from did not have the permission to post it. The original author had been obscured from being distributed multiple times.

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  14. Congratulations to all Mageia Team.

    This version is actually very fast on my computer. Thanks also to publish a CD ISO available for download and not just DVD.

    Thanks all people of Mageia community.

    Thanks Mageia :)