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davelab6 opened this issue Jul 11, 2016 · 16 comments

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commented Jul 11, 2016

What license is this project available under? :)

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commented Jul 11, 2016

Good call Dave, I'll speak with the folks at TDF and update appropriately.

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commented Jul 11, 2016

Probably Apache is best; MIT/BSD doesn't protect you from patent trolls

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commented Jul 11, 2016

I suggested GPLv3. Considering TDF had to pay for it I imagine they don't want commercial products to freely use it. If they don't mind I'll use Apache.

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commented Jul 11, 2016

Even better!

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commented Jul 13, 2016

Thanks for asking Dave. We have decided to keep the repo public but keep the licensing closed. I'm going to add a Copyright for clarity to the README now. If you need this repo shoot me a msg and we can talk more. Thanks for asking and I'm sorry we can't open source it. I've learned a valuable lesson about licensing today. Thanks!

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commented Jul 13, 2016

Oh.. I guess it was always marked that way.
https://github.com/quitequinn/TypeTester_TDF/blob/master/LICENSE.html

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commented Jul 15, 2016

Hmm, 'recommend removing the repo and just having a homepage' seems a bit inappropriate. A look-but-don't-use license is not a bad thing.

Some people have nice cars, they park in the street corner. On-lookers (or car designers, for that matter) enjoying looking at them, the owners like being admired. Parking in the street corner is not an invitation to a free ride. And that's fine. You cannot say: since you park your car in the street corner, you must like to give others free rides.

That's like asking owners of nice cars, if you don't want to give others free rides, you should lock your nice car in your own garage, away from the public eyes.

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commented Jul 15, 2016

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I think the benefit of having (even copyrighted) code out there for downloading and private reference, is a good thing. Nobody in a clear head would deploy software own and developed by others without checking the license. You could get jailed for copyright infringement if you copy books from public libraries too. That does not say public libraries should not exist.

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But that's the same argument about reading copyrighted books being dangerous - sadly - anything that comes out of your mouth, and any sentence you write, could be considered derivative work...

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commented Jul 15, 2016

I'm with @HinTak on this one. If it wasn't for publicly readable copywrite work I wouldn't know half as much as I do. Which reminds me — big props to google fonts and @davelab6 (right?) for commissioning all those new families and releasing their ufos.

I don't want to accept a world were my trade can be considered a derivative and therefor not belong to me. Either way there is a license attached. I understand your concern @davelab6 but I think I'm going to leave the repo as is.

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commented Jul 15, 2016

No need! I'll update it now.

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