[Scribus] font management

Louis Desjardins louisdesjardins
Sun Apr 17 19:51:05 CEST 2005

>On Sunday 17 April 2005 01:05 am, Craig Ringer wrote:
>>  Bart Alberti wrote:
>>  >I applaud this thread. I have used the links on the site to download e.g.
>>  >Manfred klien's fonts (many, not all); but the recommended Corel Draw (Bit
>>  >stream really) are NOT (?) available as they are copyright. Yes/no?
>>  Most fonts are subject to copyright, including freely downloadable and
>>  open source fonts. However, the Corel ones are distributed under a
>>  proprietary license that does not permit redistribution.
>>  This is an important distinction to understand as an open source
>>  software user.
>True. Also, it is note worthy to point out that using gpl licensed fonts
>in a document makes the document a derived work of the font and
>therefore, subject to the gpl.

Can I kindly ask whether this is an authoritative advice? I mean, are 
you *sure* of that?
This is of upmost importance as it will prevent lots of people from 
using a GPL font... I would be interested in knowing and 
understanding exactly how it can be considered a derived work of a 
font to use it to layout a publication? I am not a lawyer but I find 
rather restrictive (and, to say the least, astonishing) a GPL element 
"GPLizing" a document just like that. A licensed font from Adobe 
doesn't make a document created with it an Adobe belonging. Nor does 
it make that document under any right from the owner of the font, or 
the owner of the copyright.

I think there is a need for clarification here.

Many thanks in advance!


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