[tex-live] Re: License of fonts included in X.org sources

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Oct 22 04:31:18 CEST 2005

>>>>> "David" == David Kastrup <dak at gnu.org> writes:

  > Perhaps the easiest way out is to tell Adobe about the situation
  > and ask them whether they'd consider relicensing those fonts
  > _again_, this time to TUG or Dante, so as to clear up any issues.

Thanh already asked whether he is allowed to distribute modified
versions of the fonts and they told him that only the X Consortium can
decide.  That means that they did not only grant the right to
distribute the fonts to the X Consortium, but they donated the fonts
with all rights to them and abandon their own rights.

  > Since they don't actively market them as far as I know, doing so
  > for something which is presumed to be in the open, anyway, might
  > be good PR.

When Sebastian presented pdftex at Adobe, they had been amazed that
pdftex can do things they cannot do with their own tools (I suppose
that Hans Hagen provided some files).  This was years ago, but
meanwhile Thanh provided many microtypographical extensions.

If things evolve in the future as they did in the past, I suppose that
pdftex is not good PR for Adobe, it's more likely that they regard
pdftex as a competitor.


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