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

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Wed Mar 3 13:17:23 UTC 2010

Rogério Brito wrote:
> Dear people,
> I am glad to now become part of the pkg-fonts team and I have already
> checked out the whole subversion repository to ease collaboration
> (actually, I'm now converting it, with the help of git svn, to a git
> repository, so that I can work offline---and I will be on vacations
> this next week).

Hi Rogério,

Thanks for all your efforts and welcome to the team!


> With that said, what would be a recommended course of action here?

As Christian has already indicated, ongoing advocacy with upstream can
be very useful for everyone and is worth doing.

In my experience making the effort to explain to upstreams the benefits
in using a recognized DFSG-compliant license for their creation
(reformulating the jargon and the release best practises in a friendly
way) is usually well-received. They may have reasons not to agree but an
explanation along with tips on how they could do it are always useful.

I recommend you send your upstream the following links:

It should provide enough material to cover questions or concerns
upstreams could have about releasing their creation as open fonts.

And then let your upstream decide.

Let us know how it goes.

> Thanks, Rogério Brito.


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer
Debian/Ubuntu font teams / OpenFontLibrary

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