Re: GNOME Font Copyright
Don Armstrong writes:
> On Tue, 25 Feb 2003, J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
> > I asked if my understanding of the exchange was correct--GNOME
> > distributes Bitstream's non-free Vera fonts and in exchange Bitstream
> > eventually supplies DFSG-free software.
> You're asking the wrong people then, since (as far as I know) none of
> -legal were involved in the bargaining, we can't answer that question.
I do not think you should expect any release of software from
Bitstream. I haven't heard of any promises from them in that regard.
The fonts are available under the current beta license, and will be
available under the license labelled as a draft, in about a month.
> > "DFSG-free" is a different term I understand to refer to the Debian
> > Free Software Guidelines.
> That's precisely my question. Why does the inability to sell these
> fonts alone make them not Free Software (while they remain DFSG "free")?
I don't know, but I have heard a rumor that not only does RMS not like
the beta license, he doesn't like the draft license either. Maybe
he'll change his definition of free software again?
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