figlet fonts - GPL-ok?
About a year ago I was hacking on a curses CD player app (groovycd,
which is GPL) which features a large ascii-art numeral display. I
added the capability for multiple fonts, and converted a few Figlet
fonts that look good there.
Trouble is I can't find a license statement for any of these fonts.
They were contributed to Figlet ("may be freely copied and
distributed", but not DFSG-free), but they are not actually in the
figlet tarball -- rather, in a 'contributed.tar.gz' from the same FTP
sites. In fact they do not even have copyright statements.
I've tried contacting the authors of the fonts I want to use -- nothing
but bounced mail. So I don't know the intentions of the original
contributors -- although I rather suspect they wouldn't care.
Further complicating things, I know in at least one case the artist
did not contribute his font to Figlet explicitly -- he posted it on
alt.ascii-art as a set of glyphs back in '94 (IIRC), and one of the
Figlet authors picked it up and converted it.
Can I assume that a font posted to Usenet in generic form by its author
can be modified and distributed with a GPL program?
What about the other fonts? They are currently being distributed on
non-dfsg terms, but none of them have explicit copyright statements, so
can they be considered public domain?
 "banner3", "basic", "colossal", "nancyj", "poison", "univers"
 Normand Veilleux, a legend in the ascii art world.
The font in question, "univers", is the best of the lot.