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David Turner via RT
[Savannah-hackers-public] Re: [gnu.org #221247] Needing clarifications regarding compatibility between the GPL and FreeType Project License
Thu, 10 Feb 2005 17:14:26 -0500
Dave Turner via RT a écrit :
>>address@hidden - Tue Feb 08 17:44:21 2005]:
> Hi. I am also David Turner, but a *different* David Turner. Just to
> avoid confusion in the thread which may follow, please refer to me as
> "Novalis", which is another name I use.
Well, that was bound to happen. How quaint, isn't it ;-)
> I don't know what RMS told you. It's possible that he's seen something
> I haven't.
> I can see how this license could be incompatible. It can be read to
> have a specific format requirement for the license text -- a certain
> file with a certain name. But if it's the copyright holders' intent
> that it be compatible, then that requirement could be read to simply say
> that this text has to be in some reasonable place. If you (and the
> other two Freetype hackers) say that you think the license is
> compatible, that FT can be distributed under the terms of the GPL, then
> I'll submit the FTL to our licensing committee for an official evaluation.
To be honest, we always thought that the license was compatible with the GPL
until someone told us it wasn't. This was several years ago, and I don't
really remember when this happened, neither does Werner (or Robert, our
third original author, who appears in the license, and is now living a
different life and left the project for all practical purposes).
When it happened, we asked RMS, then started dual-licensing. We have no
specific interest in providing dual licenses (unlike, say, a commercial
entity like TrollTech with their Qt library), except to please all
kinds of free software developers.
Using a single license would slightly simplify things for us, though.
And yes, we don't impose a specific file name for the license. As long as
the license text is distributed with the sources, any place is reasonable
> I can't comment on a license I haven't seen. A quick Google search
> shows that some other versions look similar, but if you have concerns
> about some variant, please show me that variant.
We don't have concerns about it at the moment. However, if you insist, I
can try to fetch all variants of the license and produce some diffs to show
the differences more easily.
As said before, these mainly concern typos and contact addresses, not legal
permissions and restrictions.
- David Turner
- The FreeType Project (www.freetype.org)
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