For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Bruce Perens bruce at
Thu Nov 6 10:08:55 UTC 2008

Nicolas Spalinger wrote:
> We did follow the good advice that you gave me at the WSIS to contact
> the SFLC experts and Eben Moglen gave us an OK (SFLC interacted with the
> FSF licensing committee about this AFAIK) without requiring changes to
> the wording.
This is difficult to believe. Perhaps he told you it is acceptable as 
Free Software? That is probably the case, but I can't believe he gave 
you a positive reading on the legal language. I've asked him to clarify.

Meanwhile I'd like you to consider one thing. As your license is written 
today, I could embed all fonts released under it into a document, 
extract them again, and release them as essentially public domain. I am 
clear that your license would allow that, and that I have the technical 
knowledge to do it.

Are you really going to tell me that you're not willing to fix that 
problem? If not, would you feel it was inappropriate for me to warn 
people about it?



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