Free (GPL like), legal font license required

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olho's picture
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Free (GPL like), legal font license required
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I want to publish a typeface I'm working on (which I hope will form part of a small family) and need to include a license. I've been trying to find an appropriate free license, along the lines of the GPL/copyleft which might cover any nasties/abuses happening later.

I'm aware that there are issues with GPL licenses in fonts. (See here: http://www.typophile.com/node/31738) So it needn't be a GPL license. I just can't find an appropriate, simple license text specific to font distribution.

Essentially it needs to cover my free distribution, future free distribution (license intact) and my copyright.

Anyone with a similar license they use?

Gus Winterbottom's picture
Joined: 19 Oct 2006 - 11:46am
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There's the [[http://freetype.sourceforge.net/FTL.TXT|Freetype license]] and the [[http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=OFL|SIL Open Font license.]]

Christopher Fynn's picture
Joined: 10 Jan 2007 - 8:30am
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* The [[http://freetype.sourceforge.net/FTL.TXT|FreeType license]] was designed as a license for the [[http://www.freetype.org/|FreeType]] rendering engine (a software library) not as a license for fonts.

* Recently [[http://perens.com/about/introduction/|Bruce Perens]] in his blog article [[http://perens.com/blog/2009/02/17/64/|Warning: SIL Open Font License]] has expressed some concern about SIL's [[http://scripts.sil.org/OFL|Open Font License]] claiming: "There appears to be an unintended loophole that would allow the conversion of any font under the license to public domain."

* There is a "[[http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#FontException|Font Exception]]" which can be tagged onto the end of the [[http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html|GPL]] to make it suitable for fonts ~ however the author of that subsequently wrote an article on [[http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/20050425novalis|Font Licensing and the GPL]] in which he expressed some reservations.

- Chris

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Joined: 8 Oct 2008 - 10:38pm
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Good Luck. I have been looking for the same thing with no success.

[[http://www.typophile.com/node/55841]]

I'll be watching to see what you come up with.

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