[Slackbuilds-users] Spranq Ecofont Truetype

LukenShiro lukenshiro at ngi.it
Mon Jan 12 11:15:45 UTC 2009

I would intend to submit an ecologically-compliant TTF font, made by a 
Dutch company. According to its author, its main purpose is to save ink 
when printing, so I think it could be useful to use and adopt it.

The problem seems to be its problematic license:
this company claims the software to be distributed under GPL, but it 
adds some restrictions in additional paragraphs who somewhat forbid some 
behaviours (mainly non-commercial and intellectual property clauses: it 
can't be sold at all, it can't be developed separately, its underlying 
technique can't be used in other fonts), without any prior 
Furthermore, this font is based upon Bitstream Vera, who already has a 
partly GPL-incompatible license: 
(it can't be sold alone, etc..).

According to the paragraphs' legal meaning, it would seem to apply all 
GPL license's clauses, including free($) and free(libre) redistribution, 
_except_ for above limitations. On the other hand it can be maybe 
considered a "derivative work" (being based on Bitstream Vera), so it 
most likely has to comply with B.V. license, as well.
B.V. can be modified but you definitely must change its name; for this 
one, it is not clear if it can or cannot be modified/adapted/patched at 
all (I'd say even slight modification is prohibited, no matter if you 
change name or not).

It's simply a mess .... :-//
Is this font, nonetheless, acceptable for SlackBuilds.org?

P.S. BTW debian distribution's maintainers have radically rejected it, 
but we all know they are really strict in what is or is not 100% free 
software as in freedom to be included and maintained in that distro.
In this case, being a font and not requiring special measures to be 
installed, I believe maybe freedom can be considered at a different 
meaning and floor, compared to a so-called 'traditional' software. But, 
obviously, the decision is up to you, admins.

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