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Re: License/Copyright of nagios-images

On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 5:46 AM, Jan Wagner <waja@cyconet.org> wrote:
> Hi there,
> we have a package in our archive with images for use with nagios, called
> nagios-images[1].
> While reviewing the package we noticed that the copyright file[2] just
> contains copy&paste GPL2 text, but there is no indication that this is true
> for the images in the package.
> We tried to contact the people listed in the copyright file without success.
> We also contacted other distros[3], even without any significant informations
> about the issue. I even tried to contact Nagios Inc.[4] (who offered the
> images for download) but the mail got moderated and I never got a reply. In
> the last days, I noticed Tony Yarusso from Nagios Inc. and the did ask Ethan
> about the issue. The answer was:
> 'Heard back from Ethan.  The answer is "I have no idea".  He's just decided
> it's not worth worrying about (to him), but we can't verify the source of all
> of those images.'
> So ... what should we do next?
> Thanks and with kind regards, Jan.
> P.S. Please CC as we are not on debian-legal, thanks.
> [1] http://packages.qa.debian.org/n/nagios-images.html
> [2] http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/pkg-nagios/nagios-images/trunk/debian/copyright
> [3] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-nagios-devel/2010-
> May/004936.html
> [4] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-nagios-devel/2010-
> May/004945.html
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Trying using 'strings' on each file and see if you can find any
copyright info. Next is to try and see if the images are hosted in
some other software/website throughout the Internet and see if any
copyright information is available from wherever you look.

The latter option obviously will take a long time and is probably not
worth worrying about after a certain amount of time of searching.

Andres Mejia

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