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Re: Considering packaging: Microsoft Web Font pack

On Sun, Dec 06, 1998 at 01:12:09PM -0500, Avery Pennarun wrote:
> I'd rather you quoted the actual license, rather than my interpretation
> (though I'm flattered :))
My apologies

> 	Limitations on Reverse Engineering, Decompilation, and Disassembly.
> 	You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE
> 	PRODUCT, except and only to the extent that such activity is
> 	expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this
> 	limitation.
> I definitely wouldn't want to distribute a ripped-apart EXE file because of
> this section.
Extracting the archive from the .exe wouldn't break this, since that isn't
considered reverse engineering or decompilation. It may however forbid you
from looking into what makes the fonts tick (since "SOFTWARE PRODUCT"
refers to the fonts).

> 	Restrictions on Alteration.  You may not rename, edit or create any
> 	derivative works from the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, other than subsetting
> 	when embedding them in documents.

This automatically makes it not DFSG free since we cannot alter the
original in any form, not even for our own use. This obviously refers to
the fonts themselves. 

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