Debian Bug report logs - #729749
ITP: fonts-rabat -- Arabic Maghribi Mabsout OpenType font

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is wnpp@debian.org;

Reported by: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:09:07 UTC

Owned by: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>

Severity: wishlist

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, debian-devel@lists.debian.org, wnpp@debian.org:
Bug#729749; Package wnpp. (Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:09:11 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: ITP: fonts-rabat -- Arabic Maghribi Mabsout OpenType font
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:15:33 +0000
Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>

* Package name    : fonts-rabat
  Version         : 1.0
  Upstream Author : Youssef JABRI <yjabri@ensa.ump.ma>
* URL             : http://sourceforge.net/projects/maghribifonts/
* License         : non-free
  Description     : Arabic Maghribi Mabsout OpenType font

 Rabat is a high quality font in Maghribi Mabsout style
 with many ligatures and diacritics programmed to position
 correctly according the basic character.



Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, wnpp@debian.org, Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>:
Bug#729749; Package wnpp. (Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:51:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Osamu Aoki <osamu@debian.org>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to wnpp@debian.org, Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>. (Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:51:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 729749@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Osamu Aoki <osamu@debian.org>
To: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>, 729749@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#729749: ITP: fonts-rabat -- Arabic Maghribi Mabsout OpenType font
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:50:12 +0900
Hi,

On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 02:15:33PM +0000, Mohamed Amine wrote:
> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>
> 
> * Package name    : fonts-rabat
>   Version         : 1.0
>   Upstream Author : Youssef JABRI <yjabri@ensa.ump.ma>
> * URL             : http://sourceforge.net/projects/maghribifonts/
> * License         : non-free
>   Description     : Arabic Maghribi Mabsout OpenType font
> 
>  Rabat is a high quality font in Maghribi Mabsout style
>  with many ligatures and diacritics programmed to position
>  correctly according the basic character.

I was wondering why non-free.  URL site did not have any obvious license
file.  As I downloaded its font file and looked into its internal data:

|  Copyright (c) 2010 by Youssef JABRI. All rights reserved. May be used
|  Freely. No copying of glyphs or reverse engeneering allowed without the
|  written permission of the copyright owner. yjabri@ensa.ump.ma

("engeneering" may have been "engineering")

It allows us to "use" but no license text for "distribution".  Without
it, it can not be distributed by Debian even in non-free.  (Normally,
"use" do not include "distribution".)

Also, I do not know how to "use" font data to any meaningful ways
without "copying" its data to pdf files or printer data flow etc.
Upstream might have meant only to prohibit making of derivative font
data but no one can be sure.  Reasonable non-free license has exception
for copying for typical use cases such as printing and embedding into
pdf files containing documents as needed basis etc.

I think you should contact the upstream and obtain a license which
allows at least distribution.  Also, point out concerns and encourage
him to pick established font license, hopefully free one.

Good luck,

Osamu



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Bug#729749; Package wnpp. (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:00:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>:
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Message #15 received at 729749@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Mohamed Amine <med@mailoo.org>
To: Osamu Aoki <osamu@debian.org>, 729749@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#729749: ITP: fonts-rabat -- Arabic Maghribi Mabsout OpenType font
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:50:05 +0000
Hi,

> I think you should contact the upstream and obtain a license which
> allows at least distribution.  Also, point out concerns and encourage
> him to pick established font license, hopefully free one.
> 
> Good luck,

Unfortunately, I still haven't had a replay from the upstream.

Thank you for your interest,

Regards,




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