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license question - incorporate? bundle?

Haksung Jang
Hello, 

I'm going to use a GNU FreeFont for my android application (APK) through this way : https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/font-resource#bundled-font

Font resources

A font resource defines a custom font that you can use in your app. Fonts can be individual font files or a collection of font files, known as a font family and defined in XML.

Also see how to define fonts in XML or instead use downloadable fonts.

Bundled font

You can bundle fonts as resources in an app. Fonts are compiled in R file and are automatically available in the system as a resource. 

...

Do you think that using of GNU FreeFont in this way can be considered "bundle" of FAQs?: https://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/FAQ.html
Can I bundle GNU FreeFont with my (closed-source/non-GPL) software?

Yes, so long as you follow the rules. ...

Or should I consider that using GNU FreeFont in this way is to "incorporate into the software"?
Can I incorporate GNU FreeFont into my (proprietary/non-GPL) software?

Only for your own personal use, or use within your organization only.

If you distribute software that incorporates elements of GNU FreeFont, the distribution as a whole must be released under the GPL.


Thank you in advance. 

Best regards,
Haksung

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Re: license question - incorporate? bundle?

Steve White-12
Hi Haksung,

An Android installer APK is software.  If you deliver the font (or any
part of it) in an APK, then the APK and everything in it will fall
under the GPL 3+ license, and must conform to GPL rules.

Do I understand your intent correctly?

Thanks!


On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:40 PM Haksung Jang <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> Hello,
>
> I'm going to use a GNU FreeFont for my android application (APK) through this way : https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/font-resource#bundled-font
>
> Font resources
>
> A font resource defines a custom font that you can use in your app. Fonts can be individual font files or a collection of font files, known as a font family and defined in XML.
>
> Also see how to define fonts in XML or instead use downloadable fonts.
>
> Bundled font
>
> You can bundle fonts as resources in an app. Fonts are compiled in R file and are automatically available in the system as a resource.
>
> ...
>
> Do you think that using of GNU FreeFont in this way can be considered "bundle" of FAQs?: https://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/FAQ.html
> Can I bundle GNU FreeFont with my (closed-source/non-GPL) software?
>
> Yes, so long as you follow the rules. ...
>
> Or should I consider that using GNU FreeFont in this way is to "incorporate into the software"?
> Can I incorporate GNU FreeFont into my (proprietary/non-GPL) software?
>
> Only for your own personal use, or use within your organization only.
>
> If you distribute software that incorporates elements of GNU FreeFont, the distribution as a whole must be released under the GPL.
>
>
> Thank you in advance.
>
> Best regards,
> Haksung
> https://www.linkedin.com/in/haksung-jang/
>

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Re: license question - incorporate? bundle?

Haksung Jang
Hi Steve, 

In spite of the GPL-3.0 with the "Exception", you mean we can not bundle an individual GnuFree font file as resources in a proprietary Android app, right?

Thanks
Haksung

2018년 12월 3일 (월) 오후 11:29에 Steve White <[hidden email]>님이 작성:
Hi Haksung,

An Android installer APK is software.  If you deliver the font (or any
part of it) in an APK, then the APK and everything in it will fall
under the GPL 3+ license, and must conform to GPL rules.

Do I understand your intent correctly?

Thanks!


On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:40 PM Haksung Jang <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I'm going to use a GNU FreeFont for my android application (APK) through this way : https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/font-resource#bundled-font
>
> Font resources
>
> A font resource defines a custom font that you can use in your app. Fonts can be individual font files or a collection of font files, known as a font family and defined in XML.
>
> Also see how to define fonts in XML or instead use downloadable fonts.
>
> Bundled font
>
> You can bundle fonts as resources in an app. Fonts are compiled in R file and are automatically available in the system as a resource.
>
> ...
>
> Do you think that using of GNU FreeFont in this way can be considered "bundle" of FAQs?: https://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/FAQ.html
> Can I bundle GNU FreeFont with my (closed-source/non-GPL) software?
>
> Yes, so long as you follow the rules. ...
>
> Or should I consider that using GNU FreeFont in this way is to "incorporate into the software"?
> Can I incorporate GNU FreeFont into my (proprietary/non-GPL) software?
>
> Only for your own personal use, or use within your organization only.
>
> If you distribute software that incorporates elements of GNU FreeFont, the distribution as a whole must be released under the GPL.
>
>
> Thank you in advance.
>
> Best regards,
> Haksung
> https://www.linkedin.com/in/haksung-jang/
>
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Re: license question - incorporate? bundle?

Steve White-12
Yes, that is correct. If you bundle GPL software with another software
product, that product itself becomes GPL, and therefore that product
and its sources must become freely available -- no longer proprietary.

The "exception" specifically allows the font to be embedded in a
document such as a PDF file for the purpose of display of the text.

It is possible to use the fonts with proprietary products, but it must
be clear to the user of those products that GNU FreeFont is a thing
separate from the proprietay product, and that they can obtain it and
all its documentation freely.

Let us know if you have further questions!
On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 10:46 PM Haksung Jang <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> Hi Steve,
>
> In spite of the GPL-3.0 with the "Exception", you mean we can not bundle an individual GnuFree font file as resources in a proprietary Android app, right?
>
> Thanks
> Haksung
>
> 2018년 12월 3일 (월) 오후 11:29에 Steve White <[hidden email]>님이 작성:
>>
>> Hi Haksung,
>>
>> An Android installer APK is software.  If you deliver the font (or any
>> part of it) in an APK, then the APK and everything in it will fall
>> under the GPL 3+ license, and must conform to GPL rules.
>>
>> Do I understand your intent correctly?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:40 PM Haksung Jang <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hello,
>> >
>> > I'm going to use a GNU FreeFont for my android application (APK) through this way : https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/font-resource#bundled-font
>> >
>> > Font resources
>> >
>> > A font resource defines a custom font that you can use in your app. Fonts can be individual font files or a collection of font files, known as a font family and defined in XML.
>> >
>> > Also see how to define fonts in XML or instead use downloadable fonts.
>> >
>> > Bundled font
>> >
>> > You can bundle fonts as resources in an app. Fonts are compiled in R file and are automatically available in the system as a resource.
>> >
>> > ...
>> >
>> > Do you think that using of GNU FreeFont in this way can be considered "bundle" of FAQs?: https://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/FAQ.html
>> > Can I bundle GNU FreeFont with my (closed-source/non-GPL) software?
>> >
>> > Yes, so long as you follow the rules. ...
>> >
>> > Or should I consider that using GNU FreeFont in this way is to "incorporate into the software"?
>> > Can I incorporate GNU FreeFont into my (proprietary/non-GPL) software?
>> >
>> > Only for your own personal use, or use within your organization only.
>> >
>> > If you distribute software that incorporates elements of GNU FreeFont, the distribution as a whole must be released under the GPL.
>> >
>> >
>> > Thank you in advance.
>> >
>> > Best regards,
>> > Haksung
>> > https://www.linkedin.com/in/haksung-jang/
>> >