pkgsrc-WIP-discuss archive

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Old Index]

RE: which license to use?

> Let's do a practical review first, ok?
> (1), (1a) and (2) are effectively CC-NC-ND

OK, good so far.

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

So, instead of having 3/3a in the license to say "This doesn't apply to fonts 
X/Y/Z", you'd suggest having extra-license statement saying, "The ${mylicense} 
license applies to all my fonts except X/Y/Z"?  Since those forbidden fonts are 
not in the package anyway, those clauses seem superfluous in this cas, but I 
see what you're saying.

Clause 4 seems obvious to me: if you don't abide by the license, you no longer 
have license to use the licensed material. Break the terms of the agreement, 
and the agreement is off. But IANAL, so maybe something like that must still be 

I don't know if clause 5 is meant to imply that changes would work 
retroactively, or just that updated versions of the license may apply to future 
downloads. I can see how the former could really bite someone.

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

I'm pretty sure they're not meant to be Open Source fonts.  CC BY-NC-ND may be 
an option, if the "NC" part allows for commercial USE just not commercial 
DISTRIBUTION.  *skims*  Seems this distinction is not 
covered. Hmmm...

> 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.

So you suggest something like the explicit grant of rights to create commercial 
products using the font, like the dbz-ttf-license has?


Tim Larson
App Admin, Intercall Production Services

Free Software Download: Index, Search & Analyze Logs and other IT data in 
Real-Time with Splunk. Collect, index and harness all the fast moving IT data 
generated by your applications, servers and devices whether physical, virtual
or in the cloud. Deliver compliance at lower cost and gain new business 
pkgsrc-wip-discuss mailing list

Home | Main Index | Thread Index | Old Index