Request revising Ubuntu Fonts License

Bug #1211154 reported by Christopher Meng on 2013-08-12
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This bug affects 11 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
Undecided
Unassigned
Ubuntu Font Licence
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

Hi,

Some people in Fedora is reviewing Ubuntu Fonts and intend to packaging it into Fedora.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=961642

But after consulting with Red Hat Legal team we think that the license is non-free.

Quoted from comment 4(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=961642#c4)

"To "Propagate" a work means to do anything with it that, without
  permission, would make you directly or secondarily liable for
  infringement under applicable copyright law, except executing it on a
  computer or modifying a private copy.

The "except" items are use and modification restrictions. Since the
license only refers to "propogate", and never grants unrestricted use
or modification permissions, the license is non-free.

Canonical could fix this license by simply dropping "except executing
it on a computer or modifying a private copy"."

Since we are happy to see a nice font can get into another distros without any legal issues I hope you can response to this soon.

Thanks.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2014-07-20
affects: ubuntu-font-family → ubuntu-font-licence
Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :
Changed in ubuntu-font-licence:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
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