[EXT] Re: font inclusion

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Mon May 10 20:20:42 CEST 2021

Karl Berry wrote:

            I think there are legal reasons for proper subsetting,
            as complete inclusion risks infringing font copyright.

That is true, for proprietary fonts. FWIW, all fonts in TeX Live are
free/libre and do not impose such requirements. --best, karl.

But TeX Live users are free to use whatever fonts they choose.  I, for example, routinely use proprietary fonts, and the current behaviour of sub-setting fonts when embedding is an important safeguard to ensure that users such as myself do not inadvertently violate embedding constraints.  Therefore the current behaviour is optimal in that respect, and although there is currently no suggestion that the default behaviour be changed, Dr Kramer's reminder of the "legal reasons for proper subsetting" offer a sensible note of caution.
Philip Taylor

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