[Pkg-fonts-devel] Talking with an upstream about changing his license

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Wed Mar 3 06:18:19 UTC 2010

Quoting Rogério Brito (rbrito at ime.usp.br):

> Of course, having it package in non-free is better than not having it
> and, if we had it packaged and distributed there, I think that that
> would be a good starting point so that he would see his opus used and
> have a personal satisfaction with his work of love and that could mean
> that he would see the benefits of releasing his work as Free Software
> in a latter release.
> With that said, what would be a recommended course of action here?

Probably try to convince him (I assume this is a "him") that trying to
prevent from commercial distribution not only makes his opus non-free
wrt DFSG, but is also most of the time a failure as there is no clear
definition of what is a "commercial distribution".

Probably point him to the "spirit" of free software where avoiding any
restriciton in the use of software is one of the greatest benefits it
brings to the world.

I also suggest you to point that person to the Open Font License which
has proven to be one of the most well adapted licenses for fonts.

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