[tex-live] texlive license

Vladimir Volovich vvv at vsu.ru
Sun Aug 19 00:06:20 CEST 2007

Hi Karl,

"KB" == Karl Berry writes:

 KB> Vladimir, it seems you wrote the TeX support for the fonts.
 KB> Do you know the creators?  Do you think there's any chance of
 KB> getting the license liberalized?

i don't know them personally. the creators are the "ParaGraph International",
which is now ParaType Inc., a well known font foundry in russia.

around 1996 (as the copyright date states), they got a grant from RFBR
(www.rfbr.ru), and essentially made available (released) the
"Literaturnaya" family of their fonts under non-commercial license,
for use with TeX-related applications.

ParaType still sells Literaturnaya fonts, btw.

I don't know how big are the chances of getting them to make a change
to the license text. Probably not high, but if you'd like to take a
chance, it would be great. You have bigger weight than me for such
inquiry. :)

I guess that if this discovery (thank you Tom, this was indeed a
thorough work!) makes the literat fonts unacceptable for distribution
as part of TeX Live, i'll just upload them to CTAN (they are still not
there, as far as i remember), and we will ask to make them installable
via the install-nonfree-fonts script...


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