Is this gif okay to use for art?



I've seen it all over the Internet, so I assume it MUST be public domain... Am I ok to use this?

superjoe on 2011/04/07 07:38


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Sorry superjoe, but just because a ton of people have copied it around doesn't grant one license.
if you can use a spritesheet instead of a GIF, you might try this out:
http://www.positech.co.uk/content/explosion/explosiongenerator.html
If I remember right, the only requirement for using it is acknowledging him in the your game's readme.
richard, I tracked it down:

http://www.ecybers.com/webdesign/images.htm

"Note: All images were either created by me or downloaded from the web sites that claimed they were free to use."

This wikia page claims that the gif came from the above web site.

Am I clear?
Hrm. I'm very cautious when looking at "free download" sites like that. They typically just grab content from wherever they can and use it to generate site traffic. Use it if you will, but there's really no clear indication of who the creator is or how they're granting license to use the image.
OK I'm going to use it. I don't my peers will think I should be disqualified for that particular gif. If anyone would DQ me for using this, please post here and I will do something about it.
How about these:

http://opengameart.org/content/explosion
http://opengameart.org/content/asteroid-explosions-rocket-mine-and-laser
http://opengameart.org/content/explosion-with-alpha

At least you know who made them and how they are licensed. Oh well.. I won't DQ you for one gif but you may have a look at OpenGameArt if you need other graphics.. ;)