Licence for free ttf fonts - open source enough?
Please CC: me on replys, i'm not subscribed to the list.
I asked the author of some Freeware fonts, if he could licence them
under an open source licence.
This is his reply, please check the Licence below, if this classifies
them open source for Debian.
I fear that "no derivative works" is a fatal kriteria, isn't it?
(the adding of accents etc. is ok)
Might there be an exception for artwork? (well... i would consider
source code artwork, too ;) And fonts are somewhat source code for the
But 2 a) ist the only non-free Part of the Licence, isn't it?
Please reply to me soon, so i can tell the author that in order to be
included with Debian, he'd had to allow the creation of derived works
under the same licence as his original fonts.
So Debian will still be lacking good free ttf fonts (except for the few
openoffice fonts). :-(
(currently in New Maintainer Process)
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To: "Erich Schubert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Free TTF Fonts for Linux ?
If you include the attached file with my fonts (the freeware ones only of
course www.larabiefonts.com) then you're free to distribute them with Linux.
It's not completely free open source though - it doesn't allow for
derivative works to be created or re titling but allows for accents to be
added, format conversions ... what most people are looking for anyway.
From: Erich Schubert [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: October 9, 2001 10:08 AM
Subject: Free TTF Fonts for Linux ?
One thing, Linux is still lacking very much are good, free TTF Fonts.
Unfortunately, for Distributions such as Debian Linux (www.debian.org)
there _is_ a requirement for them to be "free" in order to be included
in the main distribution.
This includes the right to distribute them freely and free of charge and
to modify them. You may of course require that the Copyright Notice and
original Author are kept intact; you can even require the inclusion of
your "donaition.html" with the font's documentation.
Maybe you would be so generous to release some (of course not your best
ones ;) of your fonts under the GPL.
Then your fonts could be installed by default on thousands of systems ;)
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It would be fantastic if you could release some of your fonts that
"free", so we could include them.
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I make all the fonts (around 450 of them) on my web page and they're all free.
I offer Deluxe versions of some of my fonts for sale. They contain several
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