For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Bruce Perens bruce at
Sat Nov 8 19:36:56 UTC 2008

Russ Nelson wrote:
> In a picayune manner it violates the license.  Bruce, if the
> requirement bothers you so much, then make a little shell script for
> distributing fonts which always includes itself in the distribution.
> Done.  Next problem?
You can't really put such a thing in a position for the user to always 
get it - but you can go one better and embed the program in the font. 
Which is another trivial license circumvention.

Rather than write shell scripts, I think it would be better to ask one 
of the volunteer counsel I know to help me make a better license. IMO 
this one is most like the original Artistic license. For an Open Source 
developer to use such a thing today just feels like a really bad idea.



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