[theme-reviewers] SIL Open Font License

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Wed Oct 8 22:30:15 UTC 2014

Thanks Otto!

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM, Siobhan Bamber <siobhanbamber at gmail.com
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','siobhanbamber at gmail.com');>> wrote:
>> Looking over the GNU website, I can see that this license isn't 100%
>> GPL-compatible:
> As has been made clear in the other parts of this thread, SIL=OFL is
> *technically* not-compatible (the best kind of not-compatible). But we do
> allow it because it is compatible in all actual real-world cases.
> Specifically, SIL-OFL has a clause that requires the font in question not
> be distributed independently, but that it be bundled with other code. It
> doesn't specify anything about this other code, so technically any "hello
> world" program qualifies, thus realistically making it a dead-issue. Since
> themes certainly qualify as "other-code", we do allow the use of SIL-OFL
> Fonts in the repository.
> For simplicity, and just not to bore everybody with the complications of
> licensing and issues of law, we usually just say it's compatible. Because
> it is, in all cases that actually matter. It's a technical detail that
> nobody much cares about.
> -Otto
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