[tex-live] Re: Re: License of fonts included in X.org sources
George N. White III
aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca
Thu Oct 20 21:25:31 CEST 2005
On Thu, 20 Oct 2005, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>>>>>> "Daniel" == Daniel Stone <daniel at fooishbar.org> writes:
> > Right. As I said earlier, it's probably tied up somewhere deep
> > within TOG: no-one still involved with X today remembers this at
> > all.
> Maybe it is sufficient to find someone at X.org who is willing to care
> about the legal stuff. It is a great advantage that Thanh found
> someone at Adobe who remembers.
> > So, unless you really, really, really, really, really,
> > really need these fonts, it's not going to be worth the effort.
> There are some reasons why it's worth some effort:
This is another good example of the need for sunset provisions to ensure
that intellectual property doesn't become unavailable due to demise and/or
lack of interest of the owner.
Lacking such provisions, the effort might be used better to extend the
virtual font mechanism to allow someone to create a new Type 1 font
defining additional or replacement glyphs that will be used in combination
with some existing font. This would be sufficiently useful outside the
TeX community that I think it stands a good chance of getting broad
support. One way to implement this would be to generate a temporary local
type 1 font, so the magic would all be hidden in mktfm without the need to
change pdfviewers, ghostscript, etc.
George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
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