For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Wed Nov 5 07:43:18 UTC 2008

Nicolas Spalinger wrote:
>     * preventing stand-alone reselling within huge collections

I don't know what "stand-alone reselling within huge collections" means.
 However, the actual provision seems to be

"1) Neither the Font Software nor any of its individual components,
in Original or Modified Versions, may be sold by itself."

I know FSF is satisfied with this because they believe a Hello World
program would suffice
However, I'm not certain this is true, as a trivial program might be
viewed by courts as an abuse of the license.

This provision does seem to comply with OSD #1 due to the "aggregate
software distribution" exemption.  Note though that the other software
in the distribution may consist of fonts.  Thus, I believe OFL allows me
to zip three independent OFL 1.1-licensed fonts + copyright info (and
nothing else) together, then sell the zip.

If either of these distributions (Hello World + OFL or 3 OFL together)
were violations, then the license would not comply with OSD  #1.

>     * more descriptive changes of modifications

I don't see anything in the license about this.  GPLv3, for instance,
requires  "The work must carry prominent notices stating that you
modified it, and giving a relevant date."  I see nothing like that in
OFL 1.1, and certainly nothing "more descriptive" than that (you didn't
give anything specific to compare to).

Matt Flaschen

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