[DRE-maint] Compass licensing issues

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sun Jul 3 19:48:11 UTC 2011

Hi Christopher (and cc fellow package maintainers),

First of all: Thanks for a _great_ piece of software!!!

I am involved in packaging Compass for Debian, and am currently 
preparing an upgrade, where I also improve our packaging to more closely 
pay attention to copyright and licensing.

I discovered some issues that makes the current Compass tarball 
unsuitable for redistribution with Debian, and I would like to share 
with you in case it matters to you as well.

You include the font Museo Sans.  Copyright seems missing from your 
tarball, but apparently its licensing is 
http://www.fontsquirrel.com/license/Museo-Sans where e.g. section 4c 
seems to forbid redistribution as part of a larger software product.

You include a bunch of images without references to their origin.  Flags 
apparently originate from the FamFamFam icons which are free to use but 
require attribution.  Firefox icon has some restrictions affecting 
Debian but possible irrelevant to your use of it.  Some images contain 
embedded Adobe copyright protected ICC profiles which may be ok for you 
to distribute but nevertheless might be interesting to strip (as a space 

Apart from the Museo Sans font, none of above is outright alarming, just 
annoying: For Debian we can amputate the parts in violation of 
the Debian Free Software Guidelines, but it would sure be more 
elegant if your full sources was usable to us.

Tell me if you are interested in more findings of this kind.


 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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