For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Bruce Perens bruce at
Sun Nov 9 00:50:56 UTC 2008

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> The requirement is written as it is deliberately.  Making a new license
> without it would be pointless.
Matthew, I want to make sure you are entirely aware of this. I'm sorry 
if it will sound hurtful, but I've got to say it.

Nobody has the slightest hope of ever enforcing this license. You have 
written holes into it that a truck could drive through. And the problem 
is that the people who use it will think they can enforce it, and then 
they will get a rude surprise.

They will see their fonts taken proprietary by people other than the 
original developers, as the license allows, and sold on those 1000 Fonts 
disks with all rights reserved, which is what they intended not to happen.

Your statement about legal review was at least incorrect, as the 
attorney you mentioned says he hasn't communicated with your group directly.

Please, don't do this to the developers.


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