Re: [Pkg-fonts-devel] About the licensing of URW Garamond No. 8
* Khaled Hosny <email@example.com> [100416 10:15]:
> Fonts are art, many font designer are very concerned about the
> authenticity of their designs and wouldn't allow modified version to
> carry the names of their fonts, it is very valid concern.
I doubt there are people caring much more for the quality of their work
and not being misrepresented to have originated bad code than the people
writing programs out of passion and publishing it in their own name,
which a large part of free software developers is.
That this is no longer an argument you see every day and every time
someone mentions the GPL for programs is mostly because those
discussions have already faded out over a decade ago.
So I doubt there is anything special about fonts here, except the
relatively novelity of the concept of freedom in those circles.
> Moreover, GPL was designed for software, not for mostly artistic
> material like fonts.
We are speaking about fonts that are not software here but only about
their software representation. While it is understandable what you want
to say, using the term "program" might be a bit less ambiguous
(though there are font formats where even program is still abiguous
Bernhard R. Link