Bug#345604: [Fontinst] License of the fontinst documentation

Frank Küster frank at debian.org
Fri Mar 3 19:20:23 CET 2006

Ulrik Vieth <ulrik.vieth at arcor.de> wrote:

> As for licensing, I never bothered to define any specifc license for
> the documents. As far as I know, they have been available on CTAN
> since fontinst-prerelease-1.914 in November 1999. (I just checked the
> CTAN CD 2000, which shows a filedate of Nov 16 1999 for doc/talks.)
> As for sources, I may still have them somewhere on my local machine,
> but they were never released, partly because the fonts required to
> typeset the documents are non-free (Lucida Bright) and partly because
> the PDF doucments are the final form intended for consumption.

Then we cannot distribute the document in Debian main, anyway.  But of
course we need a permission to distribute them (putting them on CTAN
could also mean that you want them to be available only there, but not
redistributed by anyone).  That's just legalese crap^Wformalities, but
that's how it is.  Just answering "Yes, you have that permission" is
probably sufficient, but in the long run such statement should be
included in the fontinst distribution.

> As for roadmap.eps, the diagram was presumably created by Alan Jeffrey
> and has been part of earlier fontinst distributions since 1995.
> The orignal source of the EPS may have been created with xfig, since
> the archive copy of fontinst-1.504 contains a file roadmap.fig along
> with roadmap.eps, which can be found here:
> ftp://ftp.tug.org/historic/fonts/utilities/fontinst/fontinst-1.504/doc/

Ah, that's great.

> Please let me know, if you need and further statement of clarification
> regarding the licensing isseue.

As for the documentation, only a formal statement that redistribution is
unlimited (and I hope that also extends to the included fonts).

Regards, Frank

Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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