Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 961642
Review Request: ubuntu-font-family - The fonts used in Ubuntu Linux
Last modified: 2015-08-15 08:10:51 EDT
Spec URL: http://kprasad.net/Fonts/ubuntu-font-family.spec
SRPM URL: http://kprasad.net/Fonts/ubuntu-font-family-0.80-1.fc18.src.rpm
Description: The Ubuntu Font Family are a set of matching new Libre/Open fonts. The development is being funded by Canonical on behalf the wider Free Software community and the Ubuntu project. The technical font design work and implementation is being undertaken by Dalton Maag.
More information at : http://font.ubuntu.com/about/
Note: This is my first build and I need a sponsor. (And I'm planning to package the fonts listed in Fonts wish-list :) )
Fedora Account System Username: kprasad
Koji scratch build : http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/taskinfo?taskID=5360119
Adding rpmlint output :
ubuntu-font-family.src: W: invalid-license Ubuntu Font License, based on SIL OFL 1.1
ubuntu-font-family.src:51: W: mixed-use-of-spaces-and-tabs (spaces: line 51, tab: line 4)
1 packages and 0 specfiles checked; 0 errors, 2 warnings.
"SIL Open Font License 1.1" is ok for Fedora but "Ubuntu font family" is not listed among appropriate licenses:
Please, ask to Fedora Legal.
Thanks Antonio. I'll request them to review this license.
The Ubuntu Font License is non-free.
To "Propagate" a work means to do anything with it that, without
permission, would make you directly or secondarily liable for
infringement under applicable copyright law, except executing it on a
computer or modifying a private copy.
The "except" items are use and modification restrictions. Since the
license only refers to "propogate", and never grants unrestricted use
or modification permissions, the license is non-free.
Canonical could fix this license by simply dropping "except executing
it on a computer or modifying a private copy".
Thanks for the review.
So I guess this package cannot be included in Fedora repo.
(In reply to K.Prasad from comment #5)
> Thanks for the review.
> So I guess this package cannot be included in Fedora repo.
Or you could contact Ubuntu and ask them to fix the license.
I will try contacting Ubuntu for a declaration.
The funny thing is that the offending definition is copied from the GPLv3. But sadly, out of the context of the GPLv3 (in particular, its "2. Basic Permissions" paragraph), the definition does not make sense. And unfortunately, that's exactly what this license does, it attempts using that definition in a BSD-style "Permission is granted, free of charge, …" clause. The hybrid does not fit together.
I'm amused (and disappointed) that this bug has been open on Canonical's side for almost two years now.
Please feel free to reopen but for now, I am going to close this and any other review by this submitter based on https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Policy_for_stalled_package_reviews#Submitter_not_responding
Note for others, I have already ping package submitter on other bug but have not got any response.