[tex-live] Re: non-free fonts

Thomas Esser te@dbs.uni-hannover.de
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 00:24:21 +0200

> I believe the licensing terms were usually treated differently when
> dealing with fonts. I remember RMS/FSF saying something like that about
> fonts, that fonts can be treated like data, and not software, and that
> sometimes redistributablity is enough (but I couldn't find it after
> spending a little time with google).

I guess this is was related to bitmap fonts, because these connot be
copyrighted in the US. Things are different for programs and type1 fonts
(and metafont source files) are considered to be programs as far as
copyright law is concerned (but I am not a lawyer and might be wrong;
that's just my understanding of these things).

> Courier (which is distributed with TeX Live) and Adobe Utopia (which is in
> both teTeX and TeX Live) non-free:

I just zapped Adobe Utopia and the metrics. One has to be careful not
to violate the license of the psnfss package, though... :-(