Interesting thing, the web… at a first glance you can find a lot of free resources, but sometimes when you look more in depth things may differ.
It happened with my last game, Halloween Couples.
When I finished coding the game, initially with coloured circles, I googled for “halloween icons” or something similar.
When I am looking for some images, usually I google for them.
Then I found some cute icons in a freeware site (I wish I can remember the url but it was some time ago before my computer screwed without any license… no license, no text file attached… nothing.
I used the icons for my game, and published it.
Now a reader pointed me to the official page of the author, where you can see the icons are not for use in a commercial project.
What to do now?
I mailed the author this message:
Later, deleket (this is the author’s nickname) left a comment in the game post saying he is waiting for a mail… probably he wrote before checking the email.
Now, I agreed with him to charge me $2/icon and I have the rights to use them everywhere I want (he will send me the Illustrator sources)
Everything worked fine.