Most libre games are non-free because of fonts

Most libre games are non-free because of fonts

Postby drummyfish » 09 Jan 2019, 22:17

I've just noticed that basically any libre game actually contains non-free fonts. E.g. the DejaVu font, whose license states:

no copy of one or more of the Font Software typefaces may be sold by itself.

Which makes it non-free. Just some Game that are affected:


How did these toxic fonts make its way into free projects? Is there no free alternative?

I think there are basically no free games now, except for ones that don't use fonts.

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Or is this considered a permissible restriction? Could anyone find a citation of some authority saying this is okay?
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Re: Most libre games are non-free because of fonts

Postby Huitsi » 09 Jan 2019, 23:12

Such restrictions are not considered non-free because they are trivially circumvented. For me they make a license fall into the category of "terrible licenses that should be discouraged but don't make the work non-free". It is really unfortunate that these bad licenses have become the standard of free font licensing.
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Re: Most libre games are non-free because of fonts

Postby drummyfish » 10 Jan 2019, 04:54

@Huitsi thank you for that link. It really is unfortunate and sets a dangerous precedent for people to try to add asterisks to licenses, but there's basically no choice but to accept it for now. I'll try to find some better licensed fonts and will add it to my priorities to promote those as an alternative.
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Re: Most libre games are non-free because of fonts

Postby acme_pjz » 10 Jan 2019, 08:42

You may use Droid Sans/Droid Serif which are under Apache License.

[EDIT] Also in the Wikipedis page of OFL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIL_Open_Font_License it said that
The license is considered free by the Free Software Foundation, which states that a simple hello world program is enough to satisfy the license's requirement that fonts using the license be distributed with computer software when selling them.
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Re: Most libre games are non-free because of fonts

Postby drummyfish » 10 Jan 2019, 09:58

Thanks for the font recommendation, I'll take a look at it. I would personally prefer something public domain, to minimize the hassle and allow the game to put on any license, without adding any paragraphs, but am not sure how many such fonts I'll be able to find. Anyway, the very basic building blocks such as freaking letters to compose texts from should all be public domain if you ask me. Copyright law once again going a bit too far :)
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