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Re: [Fedora-legal-list] Re: Bunch of new Fonts added to wishlist

Sarantis Paskalis wrote:
On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 10:13:03AM -0500, Tom spot Callaway wrote:
On Mon, 2007-11-26 at 15:58 +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
There is a Kerkis package for TeX (tetex-font-kerkis).  Nowadays, the
author of this font publishes TTF and OTF files, quite suitable for
on-screen display.  The license, however, is a bit ambiguous, possibly
even a removal candidate.  http://iris.math.aegean.gr/kerkis/ (see the
License subsection).
This one should have been passed through fedora-legal before
Definitely. That license is waaaay too vague as is.

We'd need to know if:

1. Modification is permitted
2. Redistribution is permitted (this is implied, but not explicitly
3. Redistribution in embedded documents is permitted

That's just for starters. The commercial copyright "advertising" clause
is also painfully vague.

Someone motivated (and likely, fluent in greek), should email the
copyright holders and suggest that they either clarify their license, or
consider relicensing it with an established free license (e.g. the OFL).

I will contact the author to clarify the above. Thanks for the guidelines.

And here is the gist of the communication with the maintainer. The current license of the font is in the License.txt file in CTAN:

The Copyright of the fonts belongs to the The Department of Mathematics of the University of the Aegean, Karlovassi, Samos, Greece

If you want to use this font family in commercial work (like in books),
we strongly request that you include in the Copyright section the fact
that you are using
"Kerkis (C) Department of Mathematics, University of the Aegean".

"The Kerkis fonts and kerkis.sty are licensed under the LaTeX Project
Public License, version 1.3c or later. See http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.";

He also gave positive answers to the primary questions and has relaxed the advertising clause (from the former *must* to *strong request*).

Is there something else that needs to be communicated or can we consider this font OK?


-- Sarantis

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