usplash throws the following error on Gateway M-6827 running Karmic (9.10)

usplash: rejecting theme /usr/lib/usplash/ 800x500
(assertion theme->theme_height && theme->text_y + theme->text_height >
theme->theme_height failed); please file a bug
I found a similar launchpad bug with a proposed fix, but could not figure out how to install the fix.

bug report


How do I install this fix? Also, I use a custom usplash. Will this usplash fix replace that? Thanks