[tex-live] EC license

Alexander Cherepanov cherepan at mccme.ru
Fri Aug 28 23:28:09 CEST 2009

Hi karl at freefriends.org!
On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:11:17 -0500, karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) wrote:

>     copyrite.txt in the
>     distribution of EC fonts contain a custom license
> I agree the EC license contains undesirable clauses.  I do not agree
> that it is rendered nonfree.  You are welcome to remove them from your
> distro if you choose (of course).

I see.

>     It's broader than that of ukhyphen.tex which was removed 
> ukhyphen.tex may have been removed from Debian (I don't know the final
> outcome), but not from TL.  It is still in TL now, now renamed to
> hyph-en-gb.tex and part of the hyph-utf8 package.  (Which, as far as I
> can tell, the ukhyphen license allows, likewise undesirable as it is.)

Thanks for the info.

>       EC fonts: strange license wording, asked Karl Berry to contact JÃ¶rg
>       Knappen, the author
>     Was there any progress on the issue?
> No.  The last time I heard from Jorg Knappen was in 2000.  

You mean heard personally? By chance I've seen a recent mail from him 
in a mailing list:


next to your mail:


> I'm not sure
> if I ever wrote him about these licensing issues.  I wrote him about a
> different issue (updating the glyph shapes to match Knuth) in March 2008
> and did not hear back.

That's sad.

> Feel free to contact him if you want to pursue it (of course).

I should try...

Alexander Cherepanov

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