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Re: Liberation Font License revisited



On Sat, 26 Apr 2008 14:18:15 +0200 Hendrik Weimer wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> I've spent some time on the Liberation font license mess [1],

Thanks for doing that!
It is really appreciated.

> here are
> my results. Red Hat's Tom Callaway (who is responsible for dealing
> with such licensing issues) stated that according to the FSF the
> license was "free but GPL-incompatible" [2]. I contacted the FSF to
> further clarify on the alleged contradiction in the terms. The reply I
> got says that the FSF considers this to be a valid license:
> 
> 'We believe it would have been far clearer if Red Hat had created,
> say, the "Liberation Font License" with their extra conditions.
> However, since they are the copyright holders, they are within their
> rights to do it the way they did.'

It seems the FSF is becoming less credible everyday...   :-(

I think they are applying a double standard here: when the authors of a
teTeX package add a restriction to the GNU GPL v2 [3], RMS says it
can't be done because it's self-contradictory [4]; when Red Hat do the
same, "they are within their rights to do it the way they did"...

[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/05/msg00298.html
[4] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/05/msg00303.html

Did you point RMS' message [4] out to the FSF when you contacted them?

> 
> This should make this license acceptable for Debian, right?

This makes this license acceptable for the *FSF*, which is a different
organization.
As far as the Debian Project is concerned, I cannot speak on its behalf
because I am not a member (IANADD).
My own personal opinion is explained in the thread that you yourself
cited [1], hence I won't restate it here.

[...]
> [1] http://www.mail-archive.com/debian-legal@lists.debian.org/msg36584.html
> [2] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=253774#c7


My disclaimers are: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.

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