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Post by benjamin » 14 Apr 2005, 15:25

I don't want to sound like I'm advertising, but I run the Free Art Foundation, a relatively small but growing repository for MIT (and similar) licensed graphics, music, sounds, stories, and so forth.

the LessShift project is a FreeArtFoundation.org project, and we're starting to get some artists together. we'd be glad to give you any of the art we make. (-: I want to get together with other similar projects and increase the speed at which art is added to the server. (we've got 750GB, and we wanna use it, hehe)

I wonder, though, how's your art licensed? is it licensed GPL, too?

thanks!
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Post by i » 14 Apr 2005, 16:59

GPL is not always best licence for art. but i really dont know how is artwork licensed in TMW.
PlaneShift have own licence for artwork another for sources (GPL), i think we should also think about it.
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Post by Bjørn » 14 Apr 2005, 17:37

Our art is also under GPL, we don't want to impose any restrictions other than the ones necessary to prevent others from imposing restrictions on the use of our art or an extended set of it.
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Post by benjamin » 16 Apr 2005, 09:11

I'm glad to hear that, Bjørn. GPL is a little tricky when it comes to art, because of the slightly confusing definition of the source code for the art. strangely, we find artists are more receptive to donating MIT-licensed art. I thought they'd be reluctant.

in any case, MIT is compatible with GPL, so if we come up with art, you can easily import it as GPL. I'll give you links soon. (I'm trying to organize the mess, currently)
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Post by Rotonen » 18 Apr 2005, 12:06

I've actually been browsing your repository occasionally ever since it was launched to scout for artists.. ;) But now that you're shown interest towards us, this has become easier. :)
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Post by benjamin » 19 Apr 2005, 06:51

you're probably thinking of Creative Commons, VCL, or something like that. we don't have a browseable repository yet. the artists simply have virtual hosts on the FreeArtFoundation.org domain and loads and loads of space.

however, we are indeed starting to get some good art flowing in, and I think we're getting close to the point where we'll be setting up a browseable upload/download system.

one thing I'd like to do, if possible, is add the TMW art to the system. I'm on a little bit of a scavenger hunt, looking up projects that have free art and cataloging and categorizing it. that should make it quick and easy for new projects to get some good art to start with, even if they plan to replace it later...
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Post by Rotonen » 19 Apr 2005, 11:59

Sorry about the confusion, trusted my memory too much and didn't realize that there were multiple repos like this... :)
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Post by benjamin » 21 Apr 2005, 14:46

as far as I can tell, ours is the only truly free repository. the others I've seen all allow "free to look at, not free to use" art or art that you may have but not redistribute. they generally also have public content, but they aren't as strict about the licensing as we are. that's probably why we had such a tough time starting out. it was hard to convince artists to give up their work in a way that others may use, modify, and even sell it.
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Post by benjamin » 20 Oct 2007, 23:32

For anyone who had watched the messy development at http://www.freeartfoundation.org because of this post, I want to note a recent change.

The Free Art Foundation experienced an unfortunate hardware failure after a period of low activity and lost the newer art that was being actively developed, so I took this opportunity to restart it using TikiWiki, thereby automating the registration, uploading, distribution, peer-reviewing, and peer-editing of art.

Just thought I'd post an update on the forums here...and also try to pick TMW back up. I've really been spending much too much time working and need to allocate myself some spare time every day.
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Post by perbiu » 29 Oct 2007, 06:46

Unable to connect to the database !
Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

What is wrong? im using Ubuntu, can't connect to freeartfoundation.
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Post by benjamin » 29 Oct 2007, 18:53

oops, how embarrassing! I forgot to add MySQL to the runlevel and so it didn't restart when I did a test of the server's recovery systems.

it should be up now. thanks!
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Post by Arenlor » 30 Oct 2007, 00:23

benjamin wrote:oops, how embarrassing! I forgot to add MySQL to the runlevel and so it didn't restart when I did a test of the server's recovery systems.

it should be up now. thanks!
AKA the test failed :P
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Post by benjamin » 30 Oct 2007, 03:14

In the words of the physicist Julius Sumner Miller, "The test did not fail. It simply taught us more than we expected."

another of his quotes is, "As you see, the jar is empty...Correction, it is filled with air." apply said quote to my cranium. :roll:
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Post by benjamin » 31 Oct 2007, 17:50

May I add the art from The Mana World to the FreeArtFoundation.org repository? Would that be alright with The Mana World team?
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Post by Crush » 31 Oct 2007, 17:57

Is there a way to stop you? It is GPL licensed, after all. It would be nice to credit us, though.
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