Publishing and Printing (wip) by Krita Foundation

On the last days, I had to fight a lot for the respect of the license of Pepper&Carrot (because of a project on kickstarter). Today the author of this project contacted me to announce he closed his page. Here is how it could have been avoided, from the wise words of Alexander Gryson (translator, english version). And now, what to do ?...

Moving forward :

I spent the last 24h working on something creative, a new project, something I wanted to setup to change my mind: 

The Free PDF to download :

(to download, right-click, 'Save link As...' or similar depending the webrowser)

82 pages and all episodes published so far. ( 0.1 beta version ). This is to send a big thank you to all the supporters of Pepper&Carrot who wanted to back the cancelled project of NKcomic.

The future project to print Pepper&Carrot

An official project to print Pepper&Carrot is born. This will be managed with the help of the Krita Foundation. All benefits will be split as donation to free/libre open-source software and organisation at the root of Pepper&Carrot creation. My main income as an artist will still be the patronage of new episode via Patreon.  Having the possibility to support back 'upstream' this way with Pepper&Carrot fills me with happiness.

I decided to put temporary all the work about the desktop publishing, the cover, the back-cover, the design related to this print project as Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution 4.0 International as you could certainly read in the 'beta' PDF.  This is a protection to assure this project will be only printed and sold for this good action. The project is scheduled for summer 2016

Summer 2016 might feel far, but quality comes with time. The Krita Foundation also needs time to finish Krita 3.0. This long period between now and the summer will be used to study good quality of paper/color/prints and enhance the end product. Thank you for your patience !

Here is a work in progress of the benefit split idea :

Questions? Inconsistency? Typo? Critics? or Encouragements/Love/Happy message? 
Use the comment ; I'll be around :)


link   Stephen Paul Weber   , - Reply

Will the printed version itself and/or the print layout be under a free culture license after the print run is done (I understand wanting to protect these assets until then, to protect the print run) or will these extras remain NC afterwards also?

Thanks for all you do.

link   Jessica   , - Reply

Were you involved in Vol 1 of the printing? If not, I'm kind of appalled I supported it, and I was very disappointed in what I received. It was -awful-. Fuzzy, cropped, just terrible.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Jessica : ( about crappy print of the Kickstarter Volume 1)

No I wasn't involved in any part of the process and never received money related to this Kickstarter. I even didn't saw the digital version, or received a printed copy. It was the work of 'Sir Ricky McGentleman' alone exploiting the content on this website. I explain in detail here why I didn't stopped this first kickstarter, and why I still regret about it : … 53197240-1

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Stephen Paul Weber : ( about removing later the Non-commercial license of the layout/design/cover )

Yes, as soon as this project will be finished and printed, all sources, cover elements, design, etc will be released as CC-By. Thank you for your comprehension of this special 'work-in-progress' protection.

link   Martin Owens   , - Reply

Thank you for the proposed dedication to free software projects. As an inkscape developer, we really appreciate this upstream patronage. :-)

In regard to the original issue. I think the pressing problem with the kickstarter was one of trademarks, or not so much marks but trade name misappropriation. In effect it capitalised on the good name you have built in order to deliver an inferior product which has very likely damaged your reputation without any recourse to yourself.

I think you mentioned that issue on G+ but I think it bares enboldening. There is a system which is under used the creator endorsed mark. Not something people are aware of much, but maybe something you would be interested in educating people in via use in your publications? The issues of trademarks in open source software and media have not yet fully been resolved I think.

link   Alex   , - Reply

I love that it's 'lucky' number 13 for the first volume, seems appropriate for a witch!

As for all this nastiness, I think the best thing is how the community, in a positive way, was able to help. As an open source artist, you depend on the community instead of lawyers for this kind of thing, and I hope we all take this as an opportunity to further educate people about how win-win situations are possible.

link   Jana   , - Reply

I am very touched by your reaction to the mess of your last days. I followed the process and I could see you suffering. Responding to all this by being even more generous is a really big gesture. 😊
I am a very happy GIMP user and I like to see how you try to give something back to people who are offering great tools for free.
Working with Juan on his stories brings Pepper and Carrot into my life every day and this helps me through many tiring hours of my day job. 😊
Big big thank you for that, David!

link   Jookia   , - Reply

Seeing official Pepper and Carrot work being released under CC-BY-NC is quite... Disappointing. How the translators and patreons feel about their work or money being put in to a nonfree project aside, it feels almost like a loss for free culture given one of the biggest names is now using nonfree licenses.

The nonfree use is justified by "This is a protection to assure this project will be only printed and sold for this good action.", meaning this work is no longer able to be used for any action, just the one you're intending for. What's it protecting against? Even if it were CC0 the printing and fundraising could still go on, so this is plain restriction of use. Someone selling the PDF or printed copy, someone hosting it online with ads to keep the site going, anything 'commercial' is now gone.

After the fundraiser and printing apparently it'll all be put up as CC-BY - so what's the point then? People who actually shell money out for a good cause get nonfree culture while anybody who wants to print it at home or download it get free culture. Is this fair? I don't think so. It also sets a precedent showing that free culture isn't good for fundraising these types of things, and there's no reason why that is.

It seems like David's a bit shocked from the Kickstarter campaign and I want to think this is a reaction to this, but if David of all people can't make free culture work, then who can?

link   Alex   , - Reply

I think you shouldn't see this as 'non-free' licensing @jookia, that argument taken to its extreme would have us ask why David doesn't just public domain things straight away. CC-By-NC is still open, just a different kind of open appropriate for different contexts.

I would look at this as a continuation of his policy of protecting works in progress. Sketches and roughs are shared with translators, but not 'open' fit reshare, this is to protect the work in progress until it is polished for final consumption, at which point it's opened up.
This project is clearly marked beta 0.1, so this is really just a large scale version of a translation project:
1. Create rough draft with more restricted source.
2. Integrate feedback to prepare a polished final 'creative work'
3. Release final creative work under CC-By

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Martin Owens : ( about Inkscape and The Creator-Endorsed Mark logo )

Hi, many thanks for developing Inkscape, a team of 30 translators are using it on Pepper&Carrot, discovering it sometime, mastering it sometime and using it on many different platform and O.S. The project has around 7000 SVG right now, and keep growing. That's why Inkscape is very important to Pepper&Carrot. :)

Thank you also for this "Creator-Endorsed Mark logo". This is a good solution, I need to study it in detail, and see how I can communicate about it.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Alex : Thank you :)

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Jana : Hey Jana, thank you for following. I still have your email and I really appreciate your work with Juan. A big big thanks for your usage of the license, and as you know you already part of the Pepper&Carrot family 😊

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Jookia : ( about the CC-By-Nc of the book, 'non-free' accusation, etc... )

Hi Jookla. Your accusation on your comment are grave. The accusation you wrote even hurts me. Your understanding of CC rules are really far from the official text and can be dangerous: the ideas you use of "non-free", "relicensing (stealing) the work already done by contributor" and "pad-locking everything" are things not even possible.

You can read the license here ( reading the short summary is enough) :
» CC-By 4.0 international:
» CC-By-Nc 4.0 International:

Then here is a full reword in detail of what I already said on the article (and in PDF, page 3), because I want it to be clear:

❖ All comic pages of Pepper&Carrot, all artworks of Pepper&Carrot inside this PDF for a print project are still licensed under CC-BY 4.0. (Attribution to David Revoy for the artwork, and to the two translators written on page 3 for the English translation and corrections of the comic pages) This is not something I can 'revoke' or re-license. Never. The pages, the translation sources are still on the 'Sources' page of this website, you can use them for free and even for commercial usage following the rules of CC-By. I can't re-license this work to something more restrictive. I can't add restrictive rules or revoke a work released as CC-By. This artworks are open-source, free, and will still be. Translators, patrons, supporters and community knows it. My only eventual possibility would be to remove a CC rules. ( eg. for CC-By it would mean the only upgrade possible of license to be removing the 'By' and go CC-0/Public domain, and I'm not interested by CC-0/Public-Domain for Pepper&Carrot). So, nothing is suddenly non-free, all is still as it was. Again your accusation were very grave, and leading to confusion.

❖ Now about the "non-commercial" creative commons tag ( CC-By-Nc ). I added this tag for the pages in the 'printing sub-project'. This tag limit the commercial usage only of the PDF as it is. It means limiting 'making money' with a product. The product here is the PDF as I released it in this article yesterday ( 96ppi and 300ppi). The PDF is still free to read, to share, to use, to re-post, to re-host, to show in Youtube videos (derivation)... etc... but all for non-commercial usage. There is nothing related to 'non-free' here. You can still go to the 'sources' page, make your own PDF with own cover from one of my artwork and sell it with the appropriate attribution to the translators and artworks. The 'CC-By-Nc' parts in this PDF applies to the 'Shell' of the PDF (5 pages so far : the cover, introduction page, back-cover). This elements were done re-using CC-By artworks available on this website. They were arranged into a special design. This design I want to label it as the 'official design' for a printing project of Pepper&Carrot. This print project is scheduled in Summer 2016 and will be a non-profit project to give money to 'upstream' software and org. That's why I'm protecting the 'official cover and design' under CC-By-Nc during the production time. The PDF is still in a 'beta 0.1' step. I'll keep making it better and better, and release other version till summer 2016. As soon as the project will be printed, this design/shell ( finished ) will be released/upgraded as full CC-By. This method assure me no-one will 'print' the unfinished beta version and sell it, and I'll be able to take time to polish it.

Here is a overview of the pages in 'non-commercial' ( the design for the new 'chapter header title of each episode is also in 'Nc' ) :

I'm open for more details and answers. But please, ask before writing such strong accusation. They are devastating. Thank you.

link   QuentinG   , - Reply

Yay, this is amazing! I'm eager to get Pepper&Carrot on my bookshelf :) Keep up the good work!

link   Amic   , - Reply

Que vois-je ici ? … 53357539-1

Il va y avoir une version française ? Je suis impatient d’en entendre plus ! Je le veux dans ma bibliothèque !

Si par hasard c’est par framabook que ça passe, je trouverais ça vraiment classe ! Bravo pour la manière dont tu te sors de cette mauvaise passe, avec panache !

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Amic : Merci Amic 😃 La version française sera un projet d'une envergure nationale en libraries. (teasing) Mais je n'en dis pas plus, c'est pour été/rentrée 2016 dans les discutions, et les contrats ne sont pas signés encore donc ça porte malchance d'en parler. Merci pour les encouragements.

link   Jookia   , - Reply


I go by the term 'nonfree' which has a very specific definition- the freedom to share, sell, copy, modify and read. This is a bit like free software. CC-BY-NC is a nonfree license in that you can't do all those things. You can still do these things with CC-BY or CC-BY-SA.

I have nothing against closed development as long as everyone has a freely licensed copy. This isn't an argument about open or closed, it's about free and nonfree since that's what affects the reader or remixer.


Hi David again,

I really didn't mean to hurt you, I think you may have misread my post! I never said anything about relicensing, padlocking, revoking or anything like that at all! My gripe here is that Pepper and Carrot, a free culture comic, is officially on board with using a nonfree license (CC-BY-NC) for this content you've created and released to people.

--- Calmed Down ---

I talked to you in IRC about this and while I'm still uneasy about this licensing deal, from what I can tell is this:

- You're uneasy about it too.
- This is only for the work and progress PDF.
- We're all pretty shocked about the Kickstarter.
- The final prints people will get will be CC-BY.

I suppose my fear was that this wasn't a big deal or it was a decision taken lightly. This is in part from seeing a lot of music artists doing free culture then moving to nonfree models for their projects. It was mean of me to assume you didn't take these values as seriously as I do, if not more given you build your livelihood on it.

It'd be very interesting to see if we could find a free culture solution to having 'legitimate' prints rather than making the works nonfree, in that people can't fork it. I think the creator endorsed mark is an interesting idea so that if people did want to take the beta and print it commercially they could as long as they removed any endorsement, though I'm not sure. I certainly hope you share my concerns (and probably a lot of readers' concerns) about this tradeoff.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Jookia : Thank you, and thank you for the chat discution on IRC ( … r%26carrot ) I now get your point, and sorry if I went a bit upset. You were right on a point in your comment: "It seems like David's a bit shocked from the Kickstarter campaign" that's certainly true. Apology accepted 😇

>> You're uneasy about it too.
>> This is only for the work and progress PDF.
>> We're all pretty shocked about the Kickstarter.
>> The final prints people will get will be CC-BY.
+1 totally, we are on the same page.

link   Jana   , - Reply

Uff... I followed your discussion and it is so good to see how you two guys found together again. :-)
Well done! :-)

link   Jana   , - Reply

Sorry... Forget to mention: My Former post goes to @David and @Jookia. 😊

link   Craig Jones   , - Reply

Bravo, I love the way you keep pushing forward to promote the software that enables you in a very nice circle. You help them, they help you, and you pull others into a artistic and free ecosystem of sorts.

I am very grateful to have stumbled onto your work during your time with Sintel, and I still watch the Blend and Paint dvd at home for inspiration.

link   Victor Cavalcanti   , - Reply

As a fellow artist inspired by your work, it's great to see that you're dealing with this problem in a very well-thought way. I only read recently about the Kickstarter problem, and this scam (even if the rules "allow" it) got me really sad.

I understand the reasoning behind changing the license of the WIP stuff, and support that. You can count on your fans to support you through those hard times and help spread the word :)

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