File License of Package adobe-cid-keyed-moe-fonts

Ken Lunde allowed me via e-mail to distribute these fonts:
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Subject: Re: CID-keyed sample fonts, distributable?
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 15:07:47 PST
From: "Ken Lunde" 
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Mike,

You wrote:

>> is it OK when I add the CID-keyed sample fonts and the CMap files
>> available from
>>
>> ftp://ftp.oreilly.com/pub/examples/nutshell/cjkv/adobe/
>>
>> to the SuSE Linux distribution?
>>
>> I have the impression that these fonts can be freely distributed
>> and used, but I couldn't find a license statement with these fonts.

The fonts can be distributed as long as there is no charge for
them. That is, the CIDFonts must remain free.

Regards...

-- Ken
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"Ken Lunde"  writes:

> >> is it OK when I add the CID-keyed sample fonts and the CMap files
> >> available from
> >>
> >> ftp://ftp.oreilly.com/pub/examples/nutshell/cjkv/adobe/
> >>
> >> to the SuSE Linux distribution?
> >>
> >> I have the impression that these fonts can be freely distributed
> >> and used, but I couldn't find a license statement with these fonts.
>
> The fonts can be distributed as long as there is no charge for
> them. That is, the CIDFonts must remain free.

Of course there will be no special charge for the fonts.

The current price for the complete SuSE Linux distribution is 129 DM
(approx. 56 Dollar). This price is for 6 CDs full of free Software,
one DVD which contains the same stuff again for convenience, about
1000 pages of printed manuals, and 90 days installation support via
telephone, e-mail or fax.

I think 56 Dollar is rather cheap for all that, and basically this
price is for the support and the printed manuals. So in my point of
view the CDs actually cost practically nothing apart from a handling
charge.  And the price of the whole package won't rise a single penny
by including the CID-keyed fonts.  And the contents of the CDs can be
downloaded freely via ftp, if one has no need for the support or the
printed manuals.

Most software on these CDs is free software and can be copied and
redistributed without limitations. This would of course include
the CIDFonts.

The CDs contain some software which is not completely free, for
example shareware. So it is probably not allowed to redistribute
copies of the complete set of CDs. But of course all the free software
contained can be redistributed.

The CDs also contain the SuSE installation and administration program
YaST, which unfortunately does not qualify as completely free
software. The license of YaST basically says that you are allowed to
redistribute it, modified or unmodified, but you are not allowed to
charge anything for YaST unless you get permission by SuSE to charge
something for YaST. So YaST's license is a little bit weird.

Here is the full license of YaST:

[2. application/octet-stream; COPYRIGHT.yast]...


So certainly it is no problem to redistribute the CIDFonts from the
SuSE CDs, although there may be some stuff on the SuSE CDs which
cannot easily be redistributed. The huge majority of the packages on
the SuSE CDs is free software (GPL, BSD, X11 or some other free
software license). Only very few packages have some shareware or other
non free license, but the existence of such non free packages on the
CDs might cause Problems in redistributing the complete CD set as is,
i.e. without removing the non free stuff.

Considering all this, I think the CIDFonts remain free if we include
them on the SuSE CDs.

Do you agree?

Yours sincerely,

Mike

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Mike Fabian   
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Subject: Re: CID-keyed sample fonts, distributable?
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Mike,

I am no lawyer (and never want to be), but it seems that your license
follows the spirit of the distribution-restrictions of the CIDFonts.
So, I see no problem.

Regards...

-- Ken