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Re: which license to use?

On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 08:47:13AM -0600, Larson, Timothy E. wrote:
> I'm packaging the Urban Renewal fonts¹ but I'm not sure which license
> to use, even after corresponding with the author. (Packaging is easy;
> legal stuff is hard.) We both think that dbz-ttf-license and
> ms-ttf-license are pretty close to the intent of hers², but which? Or
> something else? Or include this as a new license? Does it matter that
> existing licenses refer to one specific vendor, or do we intend the
> terms to be "generically" applied?

Let's do a practical review first, ok?

(1), (1a) and (2) are effectively CC-NC-ND

(3) and (3a) shouldn't be in a generic license. (4) is effectively
useless in many jurisdictions too. (5) is either evil or useless.

Now for the specific case of a font license, I would strongly recomment
studying two of the Open Source licenses:

One important aspect to consider is that digital use of a font can be
considered either a copy or a modified version (since it is only a
subset of the original font). So a "no sell" clause would effectively
prevent using the font in commercial documents. I don't know if this is
the intention or not.


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