Reserved Font Names for OFL-licensed fonts

Bob Tennent rdtennent at
Fri Jul 24 18:57:53 CEST 2020

a pfb font converted from a given otf or ttf is problematical.  It's
considered a modified version.  Consult the OFL-FAQ.

On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 12:51 PM Philip Taylor <
P.Taylor at> wrote:

> Bob Tennent wrote:
> It has recently come to my attention that the Reserved Font
> Name provision in the OFL license precludes distributing
> different formats under the same user-visible font name.
> Where do you see that, Bob.  What I see is :
> 3) No Modified Version of the Font Software may use the Reserved Font
> Name(s) unless explicit written permission is granted by the corresponding
> Copyright Holder. This restriction only applies to the primary font name as
> presented to the users.
> Are you saying that, by definition, given a font in (say) TTF and OTF
> formats, one is *automatically* deemed a "Modified Version of the Font
> Software" ?  What if the font vendor supplies both formats, is one still
> automatically a "Modified Version of the Font Software" ?
> *Philip Taylor*
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