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sr #108289: licensing info missing from some distro binaries

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Wed 24 Apr 2013 11:31:00 PM UTC  
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  Not a bug
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Steve White <Stevan_White>
Originator Email:  -email is unavailable- Open/Closed:  Closed
Operating System:  None

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Sat 27 Apr 2013 07:23:36 PM UTC, comment #4:

No problem, Aaron!

If you see anything else though, you know where and how to let us know!

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Fri 26 Apr 2013 01:56:28 PM UTC, comment #3:

My bad. I used Fontforge/Python to run through the fonts extracting the Names tables into a tab-delimited CSV file. For some reason (?) OpenOffice displayed the Names tables for the files in question as blank/missing -- unless I changed the font size to 2px in which case they displayed fine. Go figure. Apologies for the false alarm.

Aaron Turner <aaronturner>
Fri 26 Apr 2013 09:55:46 AM UTC, comment #2:

I responded before I looked for myself.

First, maybe I don't understand what you're looking at.
From the distribution page,
I downloaded the package

unpacked it, and opened the otf files with FontForge. In the "TTF Names" table of each, I see strings named "Licence" and "License URL", containing what I think should be there.

What strings are you missing? Are you referring to some other distribution?

Second: to use the fonts as WebFonts, the full licence notice must be included. OTF format doesn't have a good provision for that, but WOFF does. This information is therefore provided in the WOFF files (at least, the ones on the web site).


Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Fri 26 Apr 2013 09:34:19 AM UTC, comment #1:

Thanks for the heads-up, Aaron.

I really need to find a robust way to insert that info.
(I remember there was some difficulty with the Python...)

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Wed 24 Apr 2013 11:31:00 PM UTC, original submission:

Just FYI

The "webfont_guidelines.txt" file distributed with the WOFF version of the latest release (freefont-20120503) advises:

(#) The licensed release font binary files as packaged on the GNU FreeFont download page have embedded within them the license and origin notices required to re-distribute them unmodified.

I have inspected (with Fontforge) the Names tables embedded in the OTF versions of the latest release and have found that although the licensing etc information is present in most of the OTF files it seems to be missing from FreeMonoBold.otf, FreeMonoBoldOblique.otf, FreeSansBoldOblique.otf and FreeSerifBoldItalic.otf.

This doesn't seem right so I thought you'd want to know.

Regards, Aaron



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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2013-04-27 Stevan_White StatusNeed Info => Not a bug
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
    2013-04-26 Stevan_White Summarylicensing info missing from some WOFF binaries => licensing info missing from some distro binaries
    2013-04-26 Stevan_White StatusNone => Need Info
        Assigned toNone => Stevan_White
        Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows => None
        Summarylicensing info (Names table) missing from some Freefont binaries => licensing info missing from some WOFF binaries

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