I'd like to know what are peoples opinions on icon usage and copyrights.
As a developer when I am prototyping an application I just take icons from anywhere and use them in a fit-for-purpose manner. eg If it is to represent a mail action I'll steal it from outlook - or for some goto webpage action I'll use the web-page icon from IE.
However I don't think what I am doing is suitable for general release and I will have to re-design the icons or someone wil have to crete new ones for me to use.
How do other people resolve this issue. Large companies would probably have masive budgets and graphic design teams however smaller companies do not.
By using MS icons in the same context (see above examples) in your own app, I fell you are creating a look and feel that a user would be familiar with however I do not know where I would stand on the copyright front.
could people please comment (not answer) for now as I intend to give points to the person(s) who contibute the most - as I do not feel this has a definitive answer. Thanx