Licensing:Fonts

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Font Licenses

These are the Font Licenses that we're aware of. If your license is not in this list, and you'd like to know if it is appropriate for Fedora, please email the details to fedora-legal-list@redhat.com (note that this list is moderated, only members may directly post).

The GPL is also a valid license for fonts. Refer to the Software Licensing table for the correct short name identifiers.

Good Licenses

Fedora recommends that font authors and foundries use the SIL Open Font License:

Full Name Short Name FSF Free? Upstream URL
SIL Open Font License 1.1 http://scripts.sil.org/cms/sites/nrsi/media/OFL_logo_rect_color.png OFL Yes http://scripts.sil.org/OFL_web

Here is a list of additional Font Licenses that are also OK for Fedora. If your license is not in this list, and you'd like to know if it is appropriate for Fedora, please email the details to fedora-legal-list@redhat.com (note that this list is moderated, only members may directly post).

Full Name Short Name FSF Free? Upstream URL
Adobe/TUG Utopia license agreement Utopia ? http://tug.org/fonts/utopia/LICENSE-utopia.txt
AMS Bluesky Font License AMS ? https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/AMS
Arphic Public License Arphic Yes http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/non-gnu/chinese-fonts-truetype/LICENSE
Baekmuk License Baekmuk Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Baekmuk
Bitstream Vera Font License Bitstream Vera ? http://www.gnome.org/fonts/#Final_Bitstream_Vera_Fonts
Charter License Charter Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Charter
Creative Commons Attribution license CC-BY Yes http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
DoubleStroke Font License DoubleStroke Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Fonts/DoubleStroke
ec Font License ec Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Fonts/ec
Elvish Font License Elvish Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Elvish
GUST Font License LPPL Yes http://tug.org/fonts/licenses/GUST-FONT-LICENSE.txt
Hershey Font License Hershey ? https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/HersheyFontLicense
IPA Font License IPA Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/IPAFontLicense
Liberation Font License Liberation Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/LiberationFontLicense
LaTeX Project Public License LPPL Yes http://www.latex-project.org/lppl/lppl-1-3a.txt
Lucida Legal Notice Lucida ? https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Lucida
MgOpen Font License MgOpen ? https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Fonts/MgOpen
mplus Font License mplus Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/mplus
ParaType Font License PTFL Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Fonts/ParaType_Font_License
Punknova Font License Punknova Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Fonts/Punknova
STIX Fonts User License STIX Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/STIXFontsUserLicense
Wadalab Font License Wadalab Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/Wadalab
XANO Mincho Font License XANO Yes https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/MinchoFontLicense

Bad Licenses

This is a list of Font licenses which are NOT OKAY for Fedora. Nothing in Fedora should be using these licenses. They're either non-free, deprecated, or have usage/distribution restrictions.

Full Name FSF Free? Upstream URL Notes
DIP SIPA Font License NO https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/DIP_SIPA_Font_License Restrictions on modification
Larabie Fonts License NO https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/LarabieFontsLicense Cannot modify
Literat Font License NO https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/LiteratFontLicense Cannot modify