For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Bruce Perens bruce at
Sat Nov 8 19:59:18 UTC 2008

Bruce Perens wrote:
> 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. 
Oops. Under U.S. copyright case law, it turns out that it is not 
necessary to have either a script or an embedded program. Because 
typefaces can't be copyrighted, you need to start with a vector font - 
which can itself be considered a computer program. It's either a program 
itself, or it's not copyrightable at all.

Thus, distribution is always permitted, and the license does not achieve 
its goal of preventing the 1000 Fonts disks.

This doesn't prevent OSI approval. It's just, in my opinion, so 
deceptive to the developer regarding what can actually be enforced that 
promoting the license is a disservice to that developer.


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