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FS#58886 - [ttf-symbola] license changed to a restrictive one in 11.00

Attached to Project: Community Packages
Opened by Сковорода Никита (ChALkeR) - Tuesday, 05 June 2018, 19:23 GMT
Last edited by Morten Linderud (Foxboron) - Wednesday, 06 June 2018, 20:43 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages
Status Closed
Assigned To Morten Linderud (Foxboron)
Architecture All
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No


Symbola ttf font v.10.23 was distributed under the following license:

> In lieu of a licence; fonts and documents in this site are free for any use; George Douros


But in 2018, the license changed, so atm Symbola ttf font v.11.00 is distributed under the following license:

> Software on this site is free strictly for personal, non-commercial use; George Douros

> Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts (UFAS) License Agreement
> UFAS: refers to the set of all fonts and documents available on this site;
> are licensed under the conditons stated in this License Agreement.
> Developer: refers to George Douros, Kolokotroni 3, Larissa, 41223, Greece;
> is the sole developer and exclusive owner of all UFAS material;
> retains all rights to previous, current and future versions of UFAS;
> does not warrant the performance or results User may obtain by using UFAS sofware;
> is in no event liable to User or anyone else for any consequental, incidental or special damages, or
> for any claim against User by any third party seeking such damages.
> User: refers to anyone who downloads UFAS from this, or any other, site;
> may use UFAS for strictly personal and non-commercial purposes, without charge;
> is allowed a single instantaton and no network installaton;
> agrees not to adapt, modify, alter, translate, convert, or otherwise change UFAS;
> may not license, sell, rent, lease, sublicense, lend, or in any way distribute UFAS for proft.
> Commercial or educatonal use of UFAS is not permited.
> This and all UFAS licenses are exclusively issued by Developer.


Arch Linux currently packages ttf-symbola 11.00.

Please roll back to a freely distributed version.
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Closed by  Morten Linderud (Foxboron)
Wednesday, 06 June 2018, 20:43 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  Removed package.
Comment by Сковорода Никита (ChALkeR) - Tuesday, 05 June 2018, 19:41 GMT
As I read it, I think that the current license for 11.0 font forbids redistribution which Arch Linux does.

v10 was fine.
Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Wednesday, 06 June 2018, 16:25 GMT
It doesn't grant distribution rights and "retains all rights", so I think you're right, it would appear to not be redistributable anymore.
Comment by Morten Linderud (Foxboron) - Wednesday, 06 June 2018, 20:42 GMT
I have removed ttf-symbola and dropped it into the AUR. The license prohibits redistribution, but allows users to download the file once. So its suitable for the AUR. Ophaning it as well.