[Bf-committers] Embedded Bfont violates GPL

David Jeske davidj at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 07:52:22 CEST 2013

I agree with TomM on points one and two.

IANAL, but IMO the GPL "further requirements" is to *prevent* burdens being
added on the code and distribution. Anti-naming is not a requirement on
distributed code but an overly explicit statement of Trademark law (and
community convention). Whether we write it or not, there is a legal
requirement that Linux not be called "Microsoft Windows". If we wrote that
into the license, it would merely seem nonsensical, not a violation of the
GPL. It also shall not be named "Mickey Mouse" or "Apple Computer".

The third clause, however, looks like a clear violation of the GPL.. for
the GPL will not allow this restriction to the font-code.

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