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Re: [ft-devel] Freetype - License Inquiry

From: Harry
Subject: Re: [ft-devel] Freetype - License Inquiry
Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 22:07:48 +0100

Hi Shannon,

 I'm not a representative of FreeType, I am just a random person who happens to subscribe to this list and I'm not even a copyright holder of any of the FreeType source code.

 However, have you read the FreeType license at: ?

 It's a very liberal license and would require very little from Activision, namely: 

      Redistribution in binary form must provide a  disclaimer  that
      states  that  the software is based in part of the work of the
      FreeType Team,  in  the  distribution  documentation.  We also
      encourage you to put an URL to the FreeType web page  in  your
      documentation, though this isn't mandatory.

Many other companies use FreeType in closed source projects, if you look at the 'About' or 'Information' screen on your smartphone you'll probably find that it mentions FreeType somewhere and a bunch of other open source projects with similar licenses.

On 1 May 2014 21:22, Wahl, Shannon <address@hidden> wrote:

Hi FreeType,


My Name is Shannon Wahl and I work for the Activision Production. I am working with a Developer who is interested in using your software and would like to discuss licensing options with you. I’ve taken a look at your website and see that we can agree to your licensing terms, however, our legal department requires us to create a licensing agreement for both parties to sign. With that said, I wanted to see if there is someone that I can speak with directly to discuss details and potential options to move forward with.


Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing back from you!





Shannon Wahl

Activision, Inc. | Production Team


Office: 310.255.2681



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