For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Nov 5 19:45:48 UTC 2008

Bruce Perens scripsit:

> OSI refused to consider the Open Hardware License because they felt 
> their task should be limited to software. So, I'm not sure they will 
> wish to take this on at all. 

I think that would be a grave error (I realize that you don't speak for
the OSI, and neither do I).  Outline fonts are only copyrightable at
all (in the U.S., at least) because the hints they contain are in some
sense software (pure bitmap fonts and the mere appearance of a font are
not copyrightable).

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        --Thorin Oakenshield (to Bilbo)         cowan at

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