[Pkg-fonts-devel] about maintaining ttf-arphic-* packages

Hideki Yamane henrich at debian.or.jp
Thu May 27 11:37:40 UTC 2010

Hi list,

 I'll adopt and continue to maintain those ttf-arphic-* packages under 
 pkg-fonts-devel umbrella with Arne's help and close related wnpp bugs.
 (especially who has knowledge about Chinese font are welcome).

 Arne told me about those fonts are updated, but with non-DFSG-free license.
 http://www.arphic.com/cn/news/2010/20100420.html (in Chinese)

 The new license is here, rar archived Microsoft word file ;)
 I put it converted to text http://www.mithril-linux.org/~henrich/debian/ARPHIC_PUBLIC_LICENSE_20100309.txt

 In that text,

>0. Definitions:
>   "Freely Available" means that you have the freedom to copy or modify
> the Font as well as redistribute copies of the Font under the same conditions
> you received but only for non-profit purpose.

 "but only for non-profit purpose", this is violated DFSG (5).

>1. Copying & Distribution
>   You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of this Font in any medium,
> without restriction, provided that you retain this license file
> (ARPHICPL.TXT) unaltered in all copies but only for non-profit purpose.

 I cannot find ARPHICPL.TXT in rar archives ;), anyway "but only for non-profit 
 purpose" is there, too.

 So, newer Arphic fonts are not able to be distrubuted in Debian (sadly).
 We should stay current version in Debian.


 Hideki Yamane     henrich @ debian.or.jp/org

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