FontAwesome Icons are built into many web content tools, site templates, and a good sized portion of them are available as open source. I was intrigued at the new version six set includes a collection of “Humanitarian” icons
like this one for a UN Building icon. This platform for OEG Connect does not let you use the HTML code for them in a post, but you can download any Font-Awesome Icon and upload as an image:
These are described as “free” so I went down a rabbit hole exploring the license terms. The license link on their site leads to the Pro ($) license, but after a few misses, I noted the link to the free license which suggests the free icons are licensed CC BY… well actually it says:
In the Font Awesome Free download, the CC BY 4.0 license applies to all icons packaged as .svg and .js files types.
svg file can be viewed by any text editor so the one I downloaded from the FontAwesome site listing of free icons has license data embedded-- hmm and this one indicates it is Pro licensed:
I am fairly confident the icon from either is open licensed, and I am way down in the weeds of license noodling, but it seems interesting to me that that same icon has different embedded license meta data depending where you download it from.
I was more interested in the idea of having Humanitarian icons available for projects, and if your platform has been updated to support Font Awesome 6, you should have access to them.
Any thoughts or am I too deep in the metadata weeds?