Fonts prohibiting installable embedding

Jonas Smedegaard jonas at
Sat Oct 2 08:55:34 CEST 2021

Quoting Paul Wise (2021-10-02 04:31:07)
> The license is a legal instrument that is only enforced in the courts, 
> but the embedding/printing/etc bits are a technical instrument that is 
> often enforced by software, kind of like DRM but easier to defeat if 
> you know how, and impossible to defeat if you don't know how. So when 
> the embedding/printing/etc bits are inconsistent with the license, I 
> think it is appropriate to discuss disabling those bits with the 
> upstream authors of the font, so that users who don't know how to 
> defeat those bits can use the fonts in the ways that they are legally 
> allowed to and want to, in places that do enforce the 
> embedding/printing/etc bits.

I find the above text more informative than the current one emitted by 

@paul: Please consider filing a bugreport against lintian to improve its 
descriptive text :-)

 - Jonas

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