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task #15914: Submission of Intlfonts

Submitter:  Kenichi Handa <handa>
Submitted:  Sat 13 Mar 2021 08:04:42 AM UTC
Should Start On:  Sat 13 Mar 2021 12:00:00 AM UTC Should be Finished on:  Tue 23 Mar 2021 12:00:00 AM UTC
Category:  Project Approval Priority:  * 5 - Normal
Status:  In Progress Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  ineiev Open/Closed:  Open
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Fri 03 Dec 2021 07:09:27 PM UTC, comment #5: 

Is there a reason why this is still open? GNU intlfonts is a GNU package, and we have been hosting it since several years.

Alfred M. Szmidt <ams>
Mon 22 Mar 2021 09:58:06 AM UTC, comment #4: 

On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 11:39:25PM +0900, handa wrote (off-tracker):

> > Anyway, the README file in Ethiopic/ doesn't really contain valid copyright
> > and license notices <https://savannah.nongnu.org/maintenance/ValidNotices/>,
> > either.
> Do you mean that copyright year is missing, or just stating "GNU
> Copyleft" is not enough, or both?


> Ah, sorry for that.  It was a simple scripting mistake for making the
> tarball.  "ethio300-uni.bdf" also has this statement:
>   COPYRIGHT "GNU CopyLeft"
> as attached.

Thank you! Now you should fix your tarball (BTW, it contains no copy of the GPL, this is also wrong).

Ineiev <ineiev>
Site Administrator
Tue 16 Mar 2021 03:50:57 PM UTC, comment #3: 

The Information for Maintainers of GNU Software says,

You should maintain a proper copyright notice and a license notice in each nontrivial file in the package.
Some formats do not have room for textual annotations; for these files, state the copyright and copying permissions in a README file in the same directory.

The format of the file in question does allow for comments, so it should include them.

The GPL Howto explains why:

...programmers often copy source files from one free program into another. If a source file contains no statement about what its license is, then moving it into another context eliminates all trace of that point. This invites confusion and error.

I believe this applies to a font file quite well, even better than to a typical source file of a program: people can copy it alone as is, and it will provide a set of characters for them.

Anyway, the README file in Ethiopic/ doesn't really contain valid copyright and license notices, either.

P.S. After a closer look, I realized that I can't tell the intended licensing conditions of those files based on the contents of the tarball: the README in the topmost directory only says that they are public domain or "freely usable", and Ethiopic/README says "GNU Copyleft" which is more than ambiguous; if they are copylefted with a GNU license, the (re-)distributor must provide the source file for ethio24f-uni.bdf, that is, ethio300-uni.bdf, but that file is absent from the tarball; in other words, the tarball may be technically unredistributable.

Ineiev <ineiev>
Site Administrator
Tue 16 Mar 2021 12:52:23 PM UTC, comment #2: 

comment #1:

> Files like Ethiopic/ethio12-uni.bdf lack valid copyright and license notices; please make sure that every copyrightable file has them.

Hi, thank you very much for taking care of this package.
All sub-directories contain README files that describe the copyright conditions of all fonts.  I dare took this format to keep the contributed font file as is.
Isn't it acceptable?

Kenichi Handa <handa>
Mon 15 Mar 2021 09:19:33 AM UTC, comment #1: 

Files like Ethiopic/ethio12-uni.bdf lack valid copyright and license notices; please make sure that every copyrightable file has them.

Ineiev <ineiev>
Site Administrator
Sat 13 Mar 2021 08:04:42 AM UTC, original submission:  

A new project has been registered at Savannah
This project account will remain inactive until a site admin approves
or discards the registration.

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approving or discarding the registration must be done using the specific Group Administration page, accessible only to site administrators,
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Registration Details

  • Name: Intlfonts
  • System Name:  intlfonts
  • Type: Official GNU software
  • License: GNU General Public License v3 or later (The "GPL font exception" is applied.

Some fonts are not GPL but public domain or GPL compatible free license.)


Intlfonts contains free fonts in the BDF, TrueType, and Type1 formats. They notably cover a large number of characters from different writing systems: European, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Ethiopic and others.

These fonts allow multilingual PostScript printing from Emacs.

Other Comments:

Intlfonts package is now distribute by FSF at https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Intlfonts.
It is currently managed by my personal git repository.
This application is to move the respository to savannah so that other people (especially the co-maintainer) can easily access the repository.

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Kenichi Handa <handa>


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