I found HVD Comic Serif Pro on the wish list of fonts to be reviewed and
packaged for inclusion into Fedora GNU/Linux.
I downloaded a copy of the font archive file --
http://hvdfonts.com/assets/Document/15/HVD_Comic_Serif_Pro.zip -- and I
read the Readme.txt file therein.
That Readme.txt file includes terms which conflict with the license:
> This typeface may not be modified in any way unless it contains an
> unmodified copy of this text file and attributes Hannes von Döhren in
> the font metadata.
> Neither the Font Software nor any of its individual components,
> in Original or Modified Versions, may be sold by itself. Original or
> Modified Versions of the Font Software may be bundled, redistributed
> and/or sold with any software, provided that each copycontains the
> above copyright notice and this license
conflict with portions of the license (for the font, I can only guess)
which is listed as:
> "This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
> Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit
> http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative
> Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105,
The top two passages I quoted above seem to me to be licensing terms.
And these terms conflict with CC BY 3.0 unported:
- there is no requirement in this CC license which requires a licensor
to include "an unmodified copy of this text file"
- there are no restrictions in this CC license against distributing
copies of this font alone for a fee
- attribution in accordance with this CC license can be achieved without
including this Readme.txt file (one could, for example, include no such
file and list changes elsewhere, or include a different readme.txt file
which gives Hannes von Döhren credit and list changes in that different
- this CC license says it is the only set of terms for licensing this
work under this CC license (sections 4a and 8e). My reading of these
sections say that any other terms (such as those listed in the
Readme.txt file) do not have to be followed.
Looking at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/HVD_Comic_Serif_fonts it seems
that Fedora considers CC BY 3.0 unported to be the only operative
license on this font. But how has Fedora determined that this
Readme.txt file can be ignored? I looked through the mailing list
archives for this list and found no discussion referring to this font.
Has anyone contacted Hannes von Döhren about this?
The texlive packages that Jindrich Novy has been working on install
TeX-related fonts under /usr/share/fonts with symbolic links to them
from the texmf tree. Is this policy mandated by Fedora?
Here's the problem: with a full texlive installation, one gets hundreds
of texlive-XYZ sub-directories and thousands of font files. There's
very little likelihood of any of these being used by any non-TeX
application, yet every use of, say, ps2pdf, is significantly delayed
by having to search through all of these directories and fonts. I'd
prefer that *none* of the texlive-XYZ-fonts files were installed under
/usr/share/fonts but the installation policy prevents me from just doing
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/fonts/texlive-*
I've resorted to re-building the ghostscript packages so that
/usr/share/fonts *isn't* in the default search path.
Would it be feasible to install the files in the texmf tree with
symbolic links from /usr/share/fonts? Then a user could remove the links
from /usr/share/fonts if they didn't want them.
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Design team have recently chosen Cantarell for body text.
I have packaged Cantarell fonts for Fedora and am looking for review .
I noticed Dave Crossland is part of SIG Fonts so, if interested, he can
of abattis-cantarell-fonts once it passed the review.
Graphic & Web Designer
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