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I can't directly answer your question as to why this icon set is not used as the default for LO. That is for the developers to consider. Here are some things I noticed however regarding the licensing:

  • The original Faenza icon theme was designed for Gnome. The latest release (v1.3) states "This work is released under the GNU/GPL license" and going to the download site it indicates "GNU GPL v3". The COPYING file within the download confirms this.
  • The Faenza icon theme you link to (v0.3.2-d) is a customised / cut-down subset for LibreOffice v4.0.x. On that page it states "License: LGPL" and the link is v3 of that license. Nowhere does it indicate that this icon set has been re-licensed. The download contains no license information (other than in one PNG and some of the SVGs). The copyright file in the debian sub-directory is empty (0kB).
  • LibreOffice on its license page states: "new contributions are dual-licensed under both LGPLv3+ and MPL".

My understanding of these licenses is rudimentary to say the least. GPLv3 and LGPLv3 would appear to be compatible, although I must admit I am not clear about this. MPL (and possibly LGPLv3+) licensing would likely need to be obtained from the original author of the original Faenza Gnome icon theme. MPL licensing would also likely need to be obtained from the author of the modified Faenza LO derivative icon theme.

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improved GPL/LGPL relationship

I can't directly answer your question as to why this icon set is not used as the default for LO. That is for the developers to consider. Here are some things I noticed however regarding the licensing:

  • The original Faenza icon theme was designed for Gnome. The latest release (v1.3) states "This work is released under the GNU/GPL license" and going to the download site it indicates "GNU GPL v3". The COPYING file within the download confirms this.
  • The Faenza icon theme you link to (v0.3.2-d) is a customised / cut-down subset for LibreOffice v4.0.x. On that page it states "License: LGPL" and the link is v3 of that license. Nowhere does it indicate that this icon set has been re-licensed. The download contains no license information (other than in one PNG and some of the SVGs). The copyright file in the debian sub-directory is empty (0kB).
  • LibreOffice on its license page states: "new contributions are dual-licensed under both LGPLv3+ and MPL".

My understanding of these licenses is rudimentary to say the least. GPLv3 and LGPLv3 would appear to be compatible, although I must admit I am at least in the LGPLv3 to GPLv3 direction, but not clear about this. the other way. MPL (and possibly LGPLv3+) licensing would likely need to be obtained from the original author of the original Faenza Gnome icon theme. MPL licensing would also likely need to be obtained from the author of the modified Faenza LO derivative icon theme.