[tex-live] EC license

Alexander Cherepanov cherepan at mccme.ru
Wed Aug 26 19:56:57 CEST 2009

Hi all!

While looking into licensing of LH fonts I stumbled upon a license for 
EC fonts parts of which are included in LH. copyrite.txt in the
distribution of EC fonts contain a custom license similar in spirit to 
LPPL but not equivalent to it (it predates LPPL). One of the obnoxious 
clauses (but not the only one) is a restriction for renaming:

 * The names of the modified fonts must not start with the two letters
   `ec' or `tc'.

It's broader than that of ukhyphen.tex which was removed because of 
it, right? (Topic about ukhyphen.tex :
http://www.tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2006-May/thread.html#10224 .)

OTOH rsync://rsync.tex.ac.uk/CTANcatalogue/entries/e/ec.xml contains:

  <license type='lppl'/>

This looks like an error.

And http://wiki.debian.org/ProblematicCtanPackages lists it among "Less 
serious problems":

  EC fonts: strange license wording, asked Karl Berry to contact Jörg
  Knappen, the author

Was there any progress on the issue?

Alexander Cherepanov

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