For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Sat Nov 8 04:56:43 UTC 2008

Bruce Perens wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>> It's arbitrary, but not impractical.  It's quite easy to add software,
>> especially because other fonts are included in the software category.
> One of the key goals for Open Source was that people would be able to
> use it - just use it - without having to consult a lawyer. Unfortunately
> it's really hard to use a font in a document without distributing it.
> And in this case we have one way of distributing the font that's OK -
> embedded in the document, and one that's not OK - aside the document.

The average user has no idea how to distribute a font along-side.  If
the font isn't embedded by default by the application, other options are
not going to occur to them.

Matt Flaschen

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