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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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