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Re: Bug#855028: ITP: fonts-sansation -- Clean, futuristic font by Bernd Montag

On 14/02/2017 10:25, Guus Sliepen wrote:
>> * Package name    : fonts-sansation
>>   Version         : 1.31
>>   Upstream Author : Berd Montag <berndmontag@xxxxxx>
>> * URL             : http://www.dafont.com/sansation.font
>> * License         : OFL-1.1
> I don't see any mention of the OFL-1.1 for this font. In fact, the font
> comes with a ReadMe.txt that says this:
> "This font family is freeware and can be used freely for personal and commercial purposes."
> Looks good, but no permission to modify. As for redistributions, it says
> this:
> "You may share this font on CDs, websites,... with the following restrictions:
> - Modification of the font files is only allowed for personal use - don't distribute a modified version of the font files!
> - Do not rename the font files!
> - Do not sell the font files!
> - Do not pass the font files without this textfile!
> - Make sure you have downloaded the latest update from www.dafont.com for best optical results."
> So, modification is not allowed. That makes the font non-free. If
> empty-epsilon depends on this font, then empty-epsilon has to go to
> contrib

Another alternative would be to patch empty-epsilon to use a free font
that looks similar and has the same metrics. And perhaps suggest
upstream to use that font in the first place. That way empty-epsilon can
still live in main.