Bug 173518 - reference to GPL missing from (most) font files
reference to GPL missing from (most) font files
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: urw-fonts (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ngo Than
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2005-11-17 15:17 EST by Bob T.
Modified: 2009-01-09 01:54 EST (History)
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Description Bob T. 2005-11-17 15:17:17 EST
Description of problem:
Of the 35 .pfb font files, only three have a reference to the GPL.

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Additional info: The files from which the GPL reference is missing are all those
that have been modified by Valek Filippov, who claims copyright on his work but
is apparently not licensing it under the GPL.
Comment 1 Christian Iseli 2007-01-19 19:44:12 EST
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?

Comment 2 Bob T. 2007-01-19 23:48:04 EST
It is still the case in urw-fonts-2.3-6.1.1 that only a few of the afm and pfb
files have a reference to the GNU GPL.  The same fonts are provided by the
tetex-fonts and tetex-afm packages and all of those afms and pfbs have
references to the GNU GPL.
It is true that rpm -qi urw-fonts mentions the licence but if the copyright
holder URW put references to the license in the font and font-metric files, they
should be left there. I believe they were removed by Valek Filippov, who added
Cyrillic glyphs, but had no right to strip the licence information from the files. 
Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 22:04:04 EDT
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
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Comment 4 Bob T. 2008-04-04 09:02:29 EDT
GPL references still missing in FC8.  Two of the afms and pfbs have a reference
to "the file COPYING".  The two pfbs have in addition an important *exception*
to the GPL conditions:

As a special exception, permission is granted to include this font program in a
Postscript or PDF file that consists of a document that contains text to be
displayed or printed using this font, regardless of the conditions or license
applying to the document itself.

This Notice was inserted by the Copyright owner (URW) and should presumably be
in *all* the pfbs.  
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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 01:54:55 EST
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
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