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From Pedro Giffuni <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Apache Licensed Fonts (was Re: Font related questions)
Date Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:52:57 GMT
Hi;

OFL has two big issues:
1) It's copyleft so we cannot put it in the repository.
2) It cannot be redistributed on it's own: it has
to be bundled with software, so we cannot make it
available as and add-on package by itself.

The bitstream vera / dejavu fonts are not without issues:
" ... no copy of one or more of the Font Software typefaces
 may be sold by itself."

I have no opinion on how to manage this: it must be reviewed
by a lawyer, so yes, this absolutely has to be taken to legal.

regards,

Pedro.

--- On Fri, 11/18/11, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:

> Herbert Duerr wrote:
> > On 18.11.2011 06:16, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
> >>
> >> JFYI, Google released some AL2 fonts for Android:
> >> https://github.com/android/platform_frameworks_base/tree/master/data/fonts
> >
> > This shows the need that fonts need to be available
> for bundling with Apache
> > projects. In my opinion also the popular "Open Font
> License"
> > is suitable for that as its conditions fulfill the
> requirements of a
> > category-A license.
> >
> > What is the process for having the OFL (Open Font
> License)
> > http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=OFL_web
> > be recognized as a category-A license?
> >
> 
> Start a discussion on the legal-discuss@ mailing list,
> asking for Open
> Font License to be categorized.
> 
> > Which fonts can be bundled by an Apache project is not
> only an interesting
> > topic for productivity apps targeting end users. It is
> also coming into
> > focus for servers with the
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Open_Font_Format
> >
> 
> Some of the font licenses do not allow modification. 
> So they are not
> really OSS licenses.  But there seems to be permission
> to use some of
> these similar to how we treat category-b code.  See:
> http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#no-modification
> 
> 
> > Herbert
> >
> 

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