[webkit-dev] SIL Open Font License and WebKit
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Mon Jul 19 11:45:10 PDT 2010
Le 19 juil. 2010 à 21:04, Maciej Stachowiak a écrit :
> Apple's legal department would strongly prefer for WebKit's license terms to remain simple. We prefer everything to be licensed under LGPL or BSD terms, or at the very least a license which is clearly compatible with LGPL and BSD. Is this license LGPL-compatible for cases where the fonts are embedded as data in software?
See answers 1.4 to 1.7 in the following official FAQ of the license:
It is compatible.
And as the font is only used by DumpRenderTree for tests, the WebKit API by itself does not need it at all.
So, Safari, Chrome/Chromium, etc need to include neither the font, nor the license.
> For support material that has unusual license terms, another possibility is to have WebKit's support scripts automatically download it, rather than checking it directly into the repository.
CSS font-face could be a workaround but a persistent location should be found (and I suppose WebKit website has the same licensing issues?). And with that solution MathML layout tests could not be run without a network connection.
> On Jul 16, 2010, at 8:05 AM, Eric Seidel wrote:
>> A little web searching produced:
>> It's OSI approved:
>> GNU thinks it's OK, albeit having an "unusual requirement":
>> Fedora recommended:
>> It would appear to be "the font license".
>> On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 5:05 AM, Alex Milowski <alex at milowski.org> wrote:
>>> We have a licensing issue we need to address for MathML. We need the STIX
>>> fonts as they will provide consistent rendering for Mathematics. I highly
>>> suspect these fonts will find themselves on our desktops somewhere down
>>> the road. Meanwhile, we need them for our testing infrastructure to
>>> actually work across all the platforms.
>>> The STIX Fonts are available under the SIL Open Font License:
>>> You can see the patch that adds these fonts here:
>>> I think we need to adjust our licensing policy to include font licenses
>>> like the above. It is unlikely that the STIX consortium will change their
>>> font licensing. In reality, they don't need to do so. The font license is
>>> intended to support "open source" fonts.
>>> --Alex Milowski
>>> "The excellence of grammar as a guide is proportional to the paucity of the
>>> inflexions, i.e. to the degree of analysis effected by the language
>>> Bertrand Russell in a footnote of Principles of Mathematics
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