[Scribus] Re: Questions to Gentium, Myriad Pro, and Minion Pro

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Sun May 29 02:06:51 CEST 2005

Hi Maciej,


I would like to bundle Gentium with my application. Can you give me 

This is our most common question. At this point, the license does not 
allow this. You would need to negotiate a separate distribution license 
with us. If you are interested in this (and understand that it will 
likely require some type of payment) please contact us. We are looking 
toward more open development and licensing models, but that will take time.

Can I use the font on my web site?

You can certainly create web pages that request that Gentium be used to 
display them (if that font is available on the user?s system). According 
to the license, you are even allowed to place the font on your site for 
people to download it, but only if there is no charge and the 
distribution file is identical to the one on our site. We would strongly 
prefer, however, that you direct users to our site to download the font. 
To make this easier, we?ve simplified the URL for Gentium: 

Is Gentium going to stay free, or is it just a teaser for a later 
commercial version?

We do understand your concern here. There is no intention to ever charge 
users for using Gentium. Those wishing to include Gentium with a 
commercial product or bundle it with other items for sale, however, 
would likely be required to pay licensing fees."


"Gentium is freely available and may be used by anyone at no cost. It is 
not public domain, and cannot be altered, but can be given to anyone who 
might need it."

In my understanding, creating files for printing (including commercial 
printing) is not distribution. This will, of course, not prevent an 
overeager IP lawyer from going after you, but SIL is an international 
organisation, recognised by the UN.



> On Sat, 28 May 2005 22:13:12 -0400
> Helge Hielscher <hhielscher at unternehmen.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 27 May 2005 19:17:34 +0200, Maciej Hanski wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> > 
>> > I've started to to create a Wiki article with well chosen free
>> > typefaces for Polish users (please lads from pl, don't hesitate to
>> > join me in rhyme:):
>> > 
>> > http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Darmowe_polskie_fonty_przeznaczone_do_druku
>> Well, I don't speek Polish, but it looks as you don't mention the
>> licences of the fonts.
> I will mention them as soon as I've found out, what their licences are
> (which is not an easy undertaking, if you followed my previous mail on
> Myriad Pro and Minion Pro). For the time being I only know, they are
> along with the 3 other fonts mentioned on the wiki page as 
> free as in beer. Any hints? 
> cheers
> Maciej.

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