Couple of weeks ago mastodon instance “Mastodon.ART” added icons from Creative Commons project to the arsenal of custom emojis to be used in toots (posts). One user wondered if this use is legally correct, so after some discussion I sent an email to Creative Commons about it and after a week or so got an answer. I’m replicating this correspondence here to put their answer in perspective.
From "Luka Prinčič"
Date April 25, 2018 12:23 PM (15 days ago)
I'm writing you as a member of creative community on a mastodon instance
Mastodon.ART - part of a currently largest decentralized federated open-source
microblogging social network (think twitter-like but without the algorithmic timelines,
ads, celebrities and harasment... more below)
Mastodon.ART is just one of many self-run and self-organized communities
that sprung up in last two years as part of mastodon network. Mastodon.ART is the
biggest node that is solely dedicated to various forms of art and creativity.
as with most of communities on mastodon (and the software itself),
work by developers and administrators is funded by users via donations
some members of this community are publishing their works (visual, music, poetry..)
under CC licences.
among other things, mastodon software enables upload of custom emoji sets
for each instance. only users on that instance can use an emoji provided
by that instance inside their posts (tweets/toots) - these posts are federated
accross the network to other instances (servers/communities/nodes).
in the community we wanted to include CC icons as emojis for different CC licences
in order to promote and motivate the use of CC and enable attractive way
how creators can mark their posts where they announce new CC-licenced works.
we were wondering if that (see example below) constitutes any breach of
your policy on use of your trademarks. we would be very happy to receive a
response from your side about it that would resolve our reservations.
if you see a problem, we would be happy to know how we could resolve it
in order to incorporate the ease of use of CC-licences when creators
publish their works (or links) on mastodon.art instance.
please take a look at examples:
how one would make a post with icons and CC-licence mark:
also attached is an image of post compose form with emoji selection dialog.
here's our discussion about reservations on the use of icons:
read more about our mastodon instance mastodon.art:
read more about mastodon network:
thank you for your time
and kind regards,
I attached a screenshot of custom emojis on mastodon.art:
Their answer was:
From "Creative Commons" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To luka _ lukaprincic _ si
Date May 9, 2018 7:39 PM
Apologies for the delay getting back to you; I wanted to circle internally to make sure before I replied. The consensus was yes, this is a great use of the CC icons!
Thanks very much for reaching out to us. Let us know if we can help in any way.