Re: Public domain fonts?
Any fonts that have "public domain" or something to that effect in their
copyright field can be distributed by Debian with no problems. Note that
"freeware" typically isn't good enough for Debian, since it doesn't give
permission to distribute modified copies. When the font and any files you
find with it grant different rights, you probably have all of those rights
unless either says it must be taken by itself. If the copyright holder ever
places the work in the public domain, no other licenses apply.
On Tue, Sep 11, 2001 at 10:25:17AM -0500, David Starner wrote:
> I was looking at some fonts recently, and I was wondering if I could
> package them for Debian.
> The website (http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/moye/index.htm)
> says "A couple of Stephen Moye's Public Domain fonts", but isn't put up
> by him.
> One font (Trooklern) has only the font file in the zip, with "Developed
> by S.G. Moye 1991. Public Domain." in the copyright string (stored in
> the font). Goudy Hundred has a text file with no license statement, and
> a similar string in the copyright string. The rest fall into one or the
> other category - except one that has
> 7. I am releasing these typefaces as freeware. That's right:
> You don't have to pay me. I am hoping, not in vain, I trust, that
> you have a conscience and will not use or appropriate these typefaces
> to your use without giving some credit where it is due. In all events,
> the notice contained in the fonts must remain intact.
> and no license in the copyright string (this one seems to be much later
> than the rest - labeled 1997) and one that's broken and license-less.
> I realize I can't package the last two; what about the rest of them.
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