[tex-live] Utopia fonts

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Tue Oct 18 10:38:05 CEST 2005

karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) wrote:

>     and GNU/Linux (several distributions) have them in
> I would feel better if there was some statement somewhere, from anyone
> (but ideally from Adobe), about the basis on which they concluded the
> fonts are free.  As I said, the license is contradictory.
> Many if not all "free" distributions actually include various nonfree
> packages.  Merely being part of some random distribution doesn't allow
> one to conclude it is free.  Debian is probably the best in this regard.
> Frank, perhaps you have some insight here?

Not from personal knowledge.  I just checked, and the Utopia fonts are
in the package gsfonts-other in non-free.  I couldn't find any
discussions on debian-legal about that (I did only a quick search on

I read the license info for Utopia given in this package, and it seems
to me that it does (implicitly) allow modification; but it does not
(explicitly) allow distribution of modified versions.  This is bad,
because in fact there have been licenses that do exactly that: allow
modification, but allow distribution only of unmodified versions.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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