|Headquarters||New Taipei City, Republic of China (Taiwan)|
Number of employees
Arphic PL Fonts
|Initial release||1999 & 2010|
AR PL KaitiM, AR PL Mingti2L, AR PL SungtiL, AR PL KaitiM GB: Arphic Public License (2001 version, free license)|
AR PL MingU20-L, AR PL BaoSong2GBK: Arphic Public License (revised 2010 version, non-commercial)
Arphic Technology is the creator of the Arphic PL Fonts (where "PL" means "public license(d)", in Chinese: 文鼎公眾授權字型 or 文鼎自由字型), including AR PL KaitiM Big5 (文鼎 PL 中楷), AR PL Mingti2L Big5 (文鼎 PL 細上海宋), AR PL SungtiL GB (文鼎 PL 簡報宋) and AR PL KaitiM GB (文鼎 PL 簡中楷), which were released in 1999 under the Arphic Public License. They are used by some Linux distributions (incl. Ubuntu, Debian, etc.) as part of their default CJK fonts.
In 2010, Arphic Technology released another two fonts, AR PL MingU20-L (文鼎 PL 明體) and AR PL BaoSong2GBK (文鼎 PL 報宋), which are available under a revised Arphic Public License that restricts distribution of the fonts to non-profit use only.
Arphic Public License
|Website||A copy of the license text on GNU.org|
The "Arphic Public License" published by Arphic Technology in 1999 was recognized by Free Software Foundation as a copyleft, free software license and incompatible with the GNU General Public License. But as it is used almost only for fonts, the incompatibility does not cause a problem in that use.
The revised Arphic Public License published in 2010 doesn't allow commercial use, thus is non-free.
- "About Arphic". Arphic Technology. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "文鼎科技發佈新的公眾授權字型 (Arphic Technology released new public license fonts)" (in Chinese). Arphic Technology. 2010. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Various Licenses and Comments about Them". Free Software Foundation. Archived from the original on 9 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.