SIL Open Font License
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The SIL Open Font License (or OFL in short) is a free and open source license designed for fonts by SIL International for use with many of their Unicode fonts, including Gentium Plus, Charis SIL, and Andika.
The license is considered free by the Free Software Foundation, which states that a simple hello world program is enough to satisfy the license's requirement that fonts using the license be distributed with computer software. The Debian project agrees.
Please note that the two references above are misleading in that they state "a simple hello world program is enough to satisfy the license's requirement that fonts using the license be distributed with computer software." This rider applies only if the software is sold, and does not apply if it is distributed free of charge. Refer to both the paragraph below under Terms and also the licence itself, specifically clause 1.
The Open Font License is a free software license, and as such permits the fonts to be used, modified, and distributed freely (so long as the resulting fonts remain under the Open Font License). However, the copyright holder may declare the font's name as being a "Reserved Font Name", which modified versions then cannot bear. The License permits covered fonts to be freely embedded in documents under any terms, but it requires that fonts be packaged with software if they are sold.
- SIL Open Font License version 1.1
- SIL Open Font License FAQ
- Open Font Library
- Linux.com: SIL Open Font License revised
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