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Re: Bug#628952: minidlna: Possible unknown copyright status of hardcoded image blobs in source code

On Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:59:11 +0200 Carl Fürstenberg wrote:

> Package: minidlna
> Severity: serious
> Justification: Policy 2.1
> the source code file icons.c includes binary blobs detailing the NetGear
> logo and the Tux logo.

I am a debian-legal subscriber, and I would like to comment on this bug

First of all, thanks for spotting this issue and for reporting it.

> While the source code is licensed under GPL2, the file in question only
> states following:
>  * Penguin images are the creation of Larry Ewing (lewing@isc.tamu.edu) using The GIMP.

More information about the famous Tux the Penguin image here:
(I'm assuming we are talking about this image, right?)

Unfortunately the "license" is very incomplete and unclear:

| Feel free to do whatever you see fit with the images, you are
| encouraged to integrate them into other designs that fit your need.
| Permission to use and/or modify this image is granted provided
| you acknowledge me lewing@isc.tamu.edu and The GIMP if someone asks.

I tried (back in 2005) to get in touch with Larry Ewing and persuade
him that a clearer license should be granted, but I have never received
any reply to my messages...
You may try to contact him now: it's possible that you turn out to be
luckier than me!
According to
his current home page is:
Maybe the e-mail address shown there is more up-to-date or

>  * NETGEAR images Copyright (c) 2008- NETGEAR, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
> It doesn't explicit state which licenses these binary blobs are under
> (there are four of each, two png and two jpeg). Only the tux image is
> used in the binary package.

If this is confirmed, then I think the best thing to do is dropping the
NETGEAR images from the source package, and trying to get a
GPL-compatible license for the Tux images (I suggest a simple
permissive non-copyleft license: the Expat one,
http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt ). 

(And good luck with the persuasion effort for the Tux image!)

 New GnuPG key, see the transition document!
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
 GnuPG key fpr == CA01 1147 9CD2 EFDF FB82  3925 3E1C 27E1 1F69 BFFE

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