On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM, MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com> wrote:
While this is a technical mailing list, this is a
topic dealing with legal issues.
This doesn't have any legal issues as far as I know, since we're not
distributing any fonts in this context. It's just a matter of whether
we should tell the browser that it should use "Helvetica Neue" or
"Helvetica" or "Arial" if the user has them available, or if we
prefer free fonts or just use the browser's default fonts.
Legal issues would arise in the context of webfonts, but that's not
the concern here.
There's an open question in my mind as to
what constitutes a "non-free font,"
In this context, I mean "non-free" in the context of libre rather than
There are a number of fonts that can be downloaded for free (gratis)
but are under terms along the lines of a CC -NC or -ND license, and
there are more that are distributed with various popular operating
systems so many people already have them for "free" in the loosest
sense. I'm not counting these as free here.
P.S. In my original message, I overlooked the fact that Nimbus Sans L
is available under the GPL at
. So there are
actually two free fonts included in Gerrit change 79948, one if which
is being preferred to Arial.