[OpenFontLibrary] OpenFontLibrary Digest, Vol 36, Issue 6
Fontfreedom at aol.com
Fontfreedom at aol.com
Thu Dec 18 15:11:29 PST 2008
In a message dated 12/18/2008 12:00:44 PM Pacific Standard Time,
openfontlibrary-request at lists.freedesktop.org writes:
From: "Rob Myers" <rob at robmyers.org>
Subject: Re: [OpenFontLibrary] License your fonts under MIT / X11!!
To: "Open Font Library" <openfontlibrary at lists.freedesktop.org>
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On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 5:39 AM, <Fontfreedom at aol.com> wrote:
> I do think I want to push for fonts licensed under the MIT / X11 license,
> one of these new sites people are
> building, we need some pages urging people to release new fonts under that
> particular license. I think this could be a core/reccomended open source
> license for fonts.
I don't understand why, either ideologically or practically.
Some projects should be public domain, Open Clipart is a good example.
But fonts are expressible as self-contained software and so there is
no reason not to use copyleft to protect people's ability to use them.
MIT/X11 is a minor licence. I wouldn't recommend it over revised BSD
and I certainly wouldn't recommend it over a copyleft licence.
Oh, I know...Instead of the revised BSD license, we should instead encourage
the Free BSD license, which more modern software uses. (and, it's not to be
confused with the "FreeBSD Documentation License")
Also freebsd's license is sometimes just called "The FreeBSD Copyright".
MIT/X11 isn't that minor. It's used in quite a number of important software
projects. Unlike the BSD license, there is ONE version. It's simple,
straightforward...Seems like it would be good for fonts...Although...the one drawback
is that it does require attribution, which is one big reason people use the
public domain, (no attribution of the original author(s) required.)
Does anyone know of any open source licenses which don't require attribution?
Attribution makes it kind bad for when someone wants to for example sell a
font commercially which is derived from someone else's font...
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