[Bf-committers] Embedded Bfont violates GPL

David Jeske davidj at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 08:01:28 CEST 2013

Looking through the GNU GPL Info, the situation with fonts is quite murky,
partially because the copyright of fonts is quite murky.


"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."

..which sounds somewhat like they think it's a harmless clause for fonts as
it relates to the GPL. That isn't quite the same as saying it's okay to
include them, but it certainly doesn't seem clear there is a problem with
including such fonts.

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