[theme-reviewers] Problems With Licensing

Jose Castaneda jomcastaneda at gmail.com
Tue Feb 4 05:44:03 UTC 2014

To add to what Otto stated, you also may want to think about those that may have JS disabled. :) may be a rare case but it something to consider as well.

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> On Feb 3, 2014, at 2:24 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> 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 something.
> -Otto
>> 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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