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From "Pedro Giffuni (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-112) Categorize OFL (Open Font License)
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:55:40 GMT

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Pedro Giffuni commented on LEGAL-112:
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I am not a lawyer, nor do I set Apache Policies.

This hasn't been advancing so if I may I will mention my impressions: the OFL is considered
a copyleft license but it is itself very specific to fonts and is not viral to software.

According to the FSF: "The Open Font License (including its original release, version 1.0)
is a free copyleft license for fonts. Its only unusual requirement is that fonts be distributed
with some computer program, rather than alone. Since a simple Hello World program will satisfy
the requirement, it is harmless. Neither we nor SIL recommend the use of this license for
anything other than fonts."

I think it classifies under Category B. For use in the ASF, it's clear we will comply always
with the condition of having it distributed with software but still end users should be warned
about unblundling it and using it standalone or bundled with other fonts.

                
> Categorize OFL (Open Font License)
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-112
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-112
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Herbert Duerr
>
> The OFL http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=OFL_web is an open source
license especially for fonts. Popular font editors such as fontforge suggest this license
by making this license choice available as a one-click button action.
> Having the OFL categorized is important for projects that would benefit by bundling some
high quality fonts that are not usually available on a system. This could not only benefit
projects targeting end users but may also become interesting for servers as all recent releases
of major browsers support the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Open_Font_Format

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