Re: Public domain fonts?
On Tue, Sep 11, 2001 at 11:35:19AM -0400, Brian Ristuccia wrote:
> 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.
The problems were that they didn't come from the author (and the font world
often distributes fonts without license or information); that public domain
is often misused in the font world; and it's clear that some fonts were
modified - for example, Paddington's text file says it's only distributed
in Mac Type1, whereas the zip holds TTF's - and hence the copyright string
would have been added in the translation.
I've found what I believe to be a current email for the author, so I
mailed him and asked him.
David Starner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pointless website: http://dvdeug.dhis.org
"I don't care if Bill personally has my name and reads my email and
laughs at me. In fact, I'd be rather honored." - Joseph_Greg