[Pkg-fonts-devel] New licensing of fontforge

Fabian Greffrath fabian at debian.org
Wed Apr 13 18:57:56 UTC 2016

Am Mittwoch, den 30.03.2016, 09:31 +0530 schrieb Vasudev Kamath:
> as a whole it is GPL-3+ but individual files may have their own
> licensing. Which should be covered in debian/copyright as needed.

Granted, the licensing is a mess, but this is nothing we could fix in
Debian. Instead, I guess we should take upstream by the word and simply
apply "GPL-3+ and 3-clause-BSD" as the license for _all_ files, except
for the ones which have their license stated otherwise in their own

Asking upstream is a nice idea, but it seems they have no clear idea
about these specific files, either, and their original author seems to
have disappeared. So, we have to take the little bit of information
that we can get, and this is the statement in the LICENSE file:

FontForge is available as a whole under the terms of the [GNU GPL](http
://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html), version
3 or any later version. 
However, almost all of its parts are available under the "revised BSD
license" ([pdf](http://www.law.yi.org/~sfllaw/talks/bsd.pdf)) because
FontForge was mostly written by George Williams, using that license.

I'd say, just go for it!

 - Fabian
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