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Re: Considering packaging: Microsoft Web Font pack

>    > 	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. 

Ben Pfaff <pfaffben@pilot.msu.edu> wrote:
> Is creating a .deb of the fonts a derivative work?  I think that
> Microsoft's lawyers might think so, which is what counts in the this
> case.

Urgh.  Yes, creating a .deb is a derivative work.  It's the original
plus our stuff.

The thing is: including all the fonts by wrapping the whole thing up in
a .deb is creating an improper subset of the fonts -- so the concept of
packaging them is likely to be controversial.

The right thing to do here is contact Microsoft and ask.


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