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 :) Commented Nov 15, 2012 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
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 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 Ward Mod
    Commented Nov 25, 2012 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! Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 23:14
  • Erm... The circle should be perfectly round as per cdn.sstatic.net/askubuntumeta/img/sprites.png?v=2
    – nanofarad
    Commented Nov 17, 2012 at 13:25
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    I did'nt downvoted, but this badge looks ugly.
    – Tachyons
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 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. Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 17:21
  • I understand you may have put some effort into this, but it really doesn't address the question that was asked. Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 13:42
  • Hmmm.. the reverse image search on that either results in this question or the canadian flag (due to the 'jaggedness' of it). making it round eventually results in meta.askubuntu.com/a/12151/178596
    – Wilf
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 18:51

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