[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFS: ttf-takao (NEW)

Jun Kobayashi jkbys at ubuntu.com
Sat Apr 3 04:40:11 UTC 2010

Paul Wise wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM, Jun Kobayashi <jkbys at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> If we are permitted to patch the IPA Fonts itself or the upstream is
>> open and release fixed version quickly considering our request, it's
>> better to work with the upstream and make IPA Fonts better.
> Since the package is in Debian main, patches should be permitted.
>> But we are prohibited to distribute modified IPA Fonts by its license
> If that is true, then otf-ipafonts needs to be moved to non-free.

If there are any changes, the name must be changed. So no patches are 
permitted with the name "IPA Font".

This is stated in Article 3 of IPA Font License:

Josselin Mouette said this seems reasonable for fonts and Hideki Yamane put 
it into main:

>> and IPA takes much time until the new version release. It took 10 months
>> in fact from past version to current version though past version widely
>> known including some problems. This is understandable considering they
>> are governmental organization and they are cautious for their activity.
>> But if we find bugs on IPA fonts, all we can do is reporting to IPA and
>> waiting fixed by them. This can cause to distribute buggy Japanese fonts
>> to Debian and other distributions users for months. This is why we create
>> community developed version, Takao Fonts and I think Takao should be
>> included into Debian.
> Why not just add the patches to the otf-ipafonts Debian package until
> IPA accepts them?

This is because they prohibit to distribute modified IPA Fonts. If we add 
the patches to the ttf-ipafonts Debian package, the binary packages include 
modified IPA Fonts binary file. It seems to be against the IPA Font License 
to distribute such files.

Jun Kobayashi

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