[Bug 565830] Review Request: paktype-nashk-basic-fonts - Fonts for Arabic from PakType

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Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Blocks|                            |182235(FE-Legal)
               Flag|                            |needinfo?(nkumar at redhat.com
                   |                            |)

--- Comment #1 from Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> 2010-02-22 10:23:49 EST ---
This could probably be a nice package, unfortunately it does not pass legal

The fonts are derived from GPL sources and DejaVu/Vera. GPL and Vera License do
not mix (the Vera license restricts the font naming, and forbids standalone
selling, and the GPL forbids additional restrictions)

Therefore, those fonts can not be shipped in Fedora, unless Bitstream agrees to
relicence Vera under a GPL variant, or KACST/URW agree to relicence under the
Vera license (or they all agree to relicence under some other license). Short
term the best solution for upstream is to remove the vera bits from the mix.

This is all very sad, and the reason why we ask new font projects to release
under GPL + FE or OFL, and stop inventing new licenses (granted, OFL has been
largely inspired by the Vera license, so Vera was a huge leap forward, even
though it can not mix with GPL fonts)

I'll be happy to re-review this package is the licensing problems are lifted,
or any other font package you may wish to submit. It looks like you invested a
lot of work in this package. Unfortunately for fonts checking legal is a good
idea before looking at technical issues :(

Please close this bug if you think the legal issues can not be lifted. NEEDINFO
in the meanwhile.

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