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Re: Bug#325653: Please check draft font license for StixFonts - is it suitably free?

Le mardi 30 août 2005 à 13:23 +0100, Simos Xenitellis a écrit :
> >Sorry, but this is highly non-free :
> >
> >3. The Font Software may not be modified or altered in any way, except
> >that: (a) the Fonts may be converted from one format to another (e.g.,
> >from TrueType to Postscript), in which case the normal and reasonable
> >distortion that occurs during such conversion shall be permitted; and
> >(b) additional glyphs or characters may be added to the Fonts, so long
> >as the base set of glyphs is not modified or removed.
> >  
> >
> But if you read the next paragraph, it says:
> 4. If the Fonts are augmented pursuant to Section 3(b), the name used to 
> denote the resulting fonts set shall not include the term “STIX” or any 
> similar term, and any distribution or sale of the resulting fonts set 
> must be free of charge unless the work is distributed or sold as part of 
> a larger software package.
> The people behind StixFonts appear to be quite nice to adapt their 
> license so that it can be used in free software, so my worry is to 
> notice now any license issues now, rather than latter.
> If they publish the fonts and we find an issue with the license then, we 
> effectively would have shot ourselves in the foot.

As it is, the license is clearly non-free. It could become free if, for
example, they let the right to modify existing glyphs if references to
"stix" are removed.

> I filed this issue under fontconfig because I have no clue where to 
> contact in the Debian structure about this.
> It would be awesome if Debian could have a look at
> http://www.stixfonts.org/user_license.html and make a statement similar to one of the following:
> a. We checked the draft license and if it stays as is, the fonts are properly free.
> b. We checked the draft license and it's not free, but if you change this to that, it's properly free.

This is exactly why I added debian-legal as a CC, but you removed it in
your reply.
 .''`.           Josselin Mouette        /\./\
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