Re: can Libertine fonts be embedded in non-gpl application?

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On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 4:57 PM, Pablo Martin-Gomez <pablo.martin-gomez@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Le Sat, 19 Sep 2009 09:47:53 -0500,
Brandon Casey <drafnel@xxxxxxxxx> a écrit :

> I am interested in embedding the Libertine font within an application
> at work, so that this application can produce documents using the
> Libertine font.  The target systems will not have the Libertine fonts
> installed.  I know I can distribute the font files along side the
> application, but it would be nice if that was not necessary.  The
> Libertine fonts are licensed as GPL with a font embedding exception.
> The wording of the exception talks about embedding the fonts in a
> "document".  Would embedding the font within the application
> (non-gpl) fall under the category of "document", or would the
> compiled binary now fall under the terms of the GPL (which my
> employer is not interested in)?
> Any help or pointers to the appropriate source (possibly at Redhat) to
> contact is appreciated.
> Thanks,
> -brandon

If I don't misunderstood you, you don't plan to distribute your
software, just to deploy it at your work. IANAL but it's as if you
modify a GPL software and don't distribute the modified software, the
new binary is not under GPL, so with the "GPL contagion" it should be
the same : if you don't distribute the software, no contagion.

No, we will be distributing the software to external organizations, though not necessarily for a fee (I know fee or not, doesn't really matter).  By saying "an application at work", I just meant that it is not my personal project that I have 100% control over, but I can see how that could have been confusing.


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