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Re: copyrights to be fixed

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: Re: copyrights to be fixed
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:38:58 -0500
User-agent: Gnus (www.gnus.org), GNU Emacs (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/)

"Stuart D. Herring" wrote:

>>> Is there a change log entry for their installation?
>> emacs.xbm
>> Sun Oct 3 12:30:05 1999 UTC (7 years, 4 months ago) by fx
>> gnu.xpm
>> Sun Oct 3 12:30:07 1999 UTC (7 years, 4 months ago) by fx
> I'm not sure which are the desired images, but here are the relevant
> bits from etc/ChangeLog:

These Changelog examples illustrate why this whole process is such a

> 2005-03-29  Reiner Steib  <address@hidden>
> * gnus-refcard.tex, gnus-logo.eps: New files.

gnus-refcard.ps says that the copyright holder for the Gnus logo is
Luis Fernandes, whose name is totally absent from this entry.

> 2001-04-03  Gerd Moellmann  <address@hidden>
> * splash8.xpm: New image from Luis Fernandes <address@hidden>

The author entry here is wrong, it should be Fernandes (it's lucky he
is mentioned at all, as we have seen above)...

> 2000-10-12  Dave Love  <address@hidden>
> * gnus.pbm: New file.

... which, coupled with the fact that gnus.pbm is basically the
Gnus/Emacs logo, makes me seriously doubt that Dave Love is the real

> Dave Love also modified letter.xpm and deleted letter.xbm when he
> created letter.pbm.

... which suggests he may not have created these either.

So all this exercise really does is show us the people to contact in
the first instance and ask "can you remember who really created this
image that you installed 7 years ago".

We need README files that list all these images, and the 300 more in
etc/images, saying who created them, who holds the copyright, and what
license they are under.

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