[theme-reviewers] Problems With Licensing

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Mon Feb 3 22:24:31 UTC 2014

Cufon is a semi-old technique to represent fonts as javascript files.
Essentially, you run a script over the font file to turn it into vector
markup language. IE has native VML support, and more modern browsers can
some script and the canvas element to render the font. It's not the best
way, but it does work and has been around a while.

None of which changes the bottom line that fonts with licenses that are not
GPL-compatible are not allowed on WordPress.org. He'll have to use free
fonts instead.

I would recommend using Nunito instead of Futura, and PT Sans looks pretty
close to Vegur. Both are available on Google Fonts.

If Chunk is actually the same font as this one:
https://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/chunk then it's license is
acceptable, but I would recommend including the font directly instead of
using Cufon for it, and to note the font's URL and license in a readme or


On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM, Ramiro C <feedbackweb.rc at gmail.com> wrote:

>  Hello, I am reviewing this ticket
> https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/16429, and browsing the source
> code i find it out that there are restrictive licensing problems on a few
> javascript files, the strange thing it is that they are javascript files,
> not fonts, unless they are coded fonts, never heard of that but.... well
> this files show copyright notices and nothing about an explicit license
> even on usual files for licenses data dumping.
> http://themes.svn.wordpress.org/freeside/2.2/includes/js/cufon_fonts/FuturaStd.js
> http://themes.svn.wordpress.org/freeside/2.2/includes/js/cufon_fonts/Vegur_700.font.js
> http://themes.svn.wordpress.org/freeside/2.2/includes/js/cufon_fonts/chunk.400.js
> Thanks in advance for any help provided.
> Salutations
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