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    GNOME/Bitstream agreement (compatible with DFSG?)
    Submitted by comewhatmay on Thursday, January 23, 2003 – 01:46
    DebianEveryone is having a party over the arrival of some nice fonts. But I wonder about the terms of the agreement. Specifically:

    The fonts cannot be packaged by themselves for sale, but can be sold with any software.

    Now, if the fonts were put into a Debian package, then it’s illegal to put that package by itself on a CD and sell it? That’s allowed within the DFSG?

    DanielS: The fonts are entirely non-DFSG-free. You can get around the restriction mentioned below, however, by merely compiling a “Hello World!” program in C, and then putting them on a CD. Companies could even sell the CDs for $1000 per seat or such, which makes that clause not only useless, but counter-productive (preventing it going into Debian).

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    Subject: meaning of “packaged by themselves”
    Author: comewhatmay
    Date: Thursday, 2003/01/23 – 17:47
    I’m not sure I agree with the assessment made by DanielS. First of all, we have not seen the actual license text yet, but rather a summary of the license in a press release. The actual language may be more restrictive.

    Second, even if the actual license contained the same language, I wonder if the issue can be circumvented as proposed. It may be possible to interpret the meaning of “packaged by themselves” to be a CD labeled and sold as a “Font CD”, regardless if other software exists on the CD.

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    Subject: meaning of “packaged by themselves”
    Author: herrn@amessage.de
    Date: Thursday, 2003/01/30 – 09:32
    I think so too. It seems more reasonable to me that they want to prevent that someone gives there fonts away only as fonts.
    If you package a hello-world program with it is makes no use of the fonts and so the fonts are gives away on their own.
    I think they mean it is needed that their fonts are (or can) be used by software they are shipped with.

    But like already said, we have to look at the actual license text.

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