The ‘Free’ Use of Icons for Apps – Understanding CC Licenses

I’m not a graphics designer, nor do I have a large budget, so I’ve had to make some concessions in designing and developing the WAL App. In regards to creating graphics for the App I’ve resorted to finding and using interesting ‘free’ icons made available on the Internet – and I’ve found some great prospects. My favourite site so far is Icons8. The icons are free for personal and commercial use so long as you include a link to the website as indicated by Icons8.  The icons are distributed under a Creative Commons license – Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (as clearly explained by Icons8 after you begin downloading their icons – a screenshot of their message below).


This type of license allows for the icons to be ‘shared’ – i.e. the material can be copied and distributed in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor, in this case Icons8, cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. The terms are 1) attribution – appropriate credit must be given (e.g for use of its icons in apps, Icons 8 asks that a link be placed both on the App Store and in the ‘About’ page of the app) and 2) NoDerivatives – you cannot remix, transform, or build upon the material, and then distribute it. A portion of the above description of the ‘Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported’ license is taken from the Creative Commons website, which, by the way, is run by a non-profit organisation that can use all of our support.


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