[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#737720: Bug#737720: fonts-droid: Homepage is wrong

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Thu Feb 6 10:00:51 UTC 2014

force-merge 720276 737720

Quoting Fabian Greffrath (2014-02-06 07:12:09)
> Nope, sorry, please see #720276.

It seems to me that Charles and I are talking about "Homepage", where 
Denis and you are confusing that with "Canonical source URL".

A Homepage is a URL considered the front page of the project leading to 
code, where the canonical source URL is a URL considered the master 
location for the code produced by that project.

Some projects a) put the source at their Homepage, some b) have separate 
page for their source, some c) do not even have a web page for their 
source (but perhaps e.g. am ftp or git URL instead).  Some projects d) 
produce code but discretely pass on that code to others for public 
distribution - examples of that is the (URW)++ fonts distributed via the 
Ghostscript project even though not produced by that project.

It seems to me - and apparently to Charles as well - that this is a case 
of d) in that someone else than Google (who distributes the resulting 
code) ran the project to create that font family (possible paid by 
Google, and seemingly with passing over the ownership of the resulting 

Since that someone else has put up a website documenting the history of 
said font family (possibly with the intent to sell some "Pro" variant of 
the font), I find it appropriate for Debian to refer to the front page 
of that website as the "Homepage".

For the record, I agree with Denis and you that at that alleged 
"Homepage" there is no direct link to any downloadable code (the closest 
is a page about the Android project, documenting how the font is 
included in that other project.

For the record, I agree with Charles that the source URL which you seem 
to talk about is by Debian Policy dictated to be located in the 
copyright file - not the control file which is what we are talking 

Please consider reopening this bugreport, and please reconsider your 

 - Jonas

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