I am working on a desktop application that displays information about what badges a user has earned from AskUbuntu.com, and we would like to display them using the same badge images (though scaled to a larger size) as they have on AskUbuntu. Are the images currently using a CC license, or could they be provided under a CC license, so that they could be used in and distributed with this open source application?

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I'm sorry, but using those images in your software would not be appropriate.

Only the user-contributed content is covered under the Create Commons license. The logos and other site elements are copyrighted. Be careful, because some of the elements of this site have also been licensed to us by Canonical and are protected.

Please see our Trademark Guidance for a more thorough discussion about how to use elements of this site.

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"...some of the elements of this site have also been licensed to us by Canonical..." Well, that won't be a problem. The user asking this question works for Canonical :) –  Nathan Osman Nov 15 '12 at 22:47
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Yes, but the project isn't a Canonical project, so I'd still need to get approval to use them. –  mhall119 Nov 16 '12 at 21:22
    
Even then, the images for the software here on Stack Exchange may not even be in Canonical's purview. Only the Canonical-owned imagery (if approved) could be used. –  Thomas W. Nov 25 '12 at 20:29

I used the Gimp to upscale the badge image and then traced a path:

enter image description here

I then tried some of the reverse image search engines:

All of that being said, the bottom of each pages states:

"site design / logo © 2012 stack exchange inc"

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Whoah... why are people downvoting this answer? I took time out of my day to try and track down the origin of the badge images! –  Nathan Osman Nov 16 '12 at 23:14
    
Erm... The circle should be perfectly round as per cdn.sstatic.net/askubuntumeta/img/sprites.png?v=2 –  hexafraction Nov 17 '12 at 13:25
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I did'nt downvoted, but this badge looks ugly. –  Tachyons Nov 19 '12 at 14:07
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It's not supposed to be something you can use - it's just enough of the original image to capture the shape and use it in a reverse image search. –  Nathan Osman Nov 19 '12 at 17:21
    
I understand you may have put some effort into this, but it really doesn't address the question that was asked. –  neon_overload Nov 23 '12 at 13:42

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