contributing new font package for xorg

Ely Levy elylevy-xserver at
Wed Aug 10 15:11:45 PDT 2005

GPLing fonts means that every document that puts the fonts inside it
would be GPLed as well (certain pdfs some level of ps and other kind of
docs do that). that can cause major legal issues with articals or books
someone decide to sell in pdf format.
Ironicly enough it also mean that GFDL licensed doc using GPL fonts
would break both GPL and GFDL (fun no?:)

Ely Levy

On Wed, 10 Aug 2005, Qianqian Fang wrote:

> hi Dan
> there are possibilities for re-license the font, however, you may already
> noticed from our font contributors list
> (, there are
> several important previous works that our font built upon, and those works
> are all GPLed. Therefore, the changes in license should get consent from all
> copyright holders, which could be very troublesome.
> Correct me if I am wrong, it seems to me that fonts are more independent in
> license forms than linking libraries. I don't know what is required for xorg
> distribution. If our license later on turns out to be a major obstacle for
> the usa of the font, we may think of reaching all copyright holders to seek
> the possibilities of alternative licensing. However, for now, it seems GPL is
> fine to us.
> Qianqian
> On Wednesday 10 August 2005 15:44, you wrote:
> > Is there anyway you would consider a different license?
> > Though there are some exceptions, most of X-Windows is
> > licensed under the old MIT style license, and GPL is
> > rather frowned upon in this project.
> >
> > Just a thought.
> >
> > Dan
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