[tex-live] Bug#479097: texlive-fonts-extra: License statement for bbm is missing

Frank Küster frank at debian.org
Sun May 4 13:41:31 CEST 2008

Bonjour Gilles,

are you the author of the bbm TeX fonts?  If yes, I would like to ask
you for a clarification regarding their license.

Neither the font files nor the readme file contains an explicit license
statement. In the old days, it has mostly just been assumed that any
upload to CTAN is "free", but that is actually not the case, and today
we need to be more careful about that.

In order to be happily included in TeXLive or MikTeX, today the the most
popular TeX distributions, we would need an explicit license statement
which allows to use the fonts freely (even in a commercial environment),
to distribute them and to create and distribute modified derivatives. If
you want restrictions on modifications, in order to prevent different
fonts being around under the same name, you could use a license like the
LaTeX Project Public License. There are also specialized font licenses
(other people on the TeX-Live list, in Cc, can give you more

We would be glad to hear from you and be able to clarify this.

Thank you in advance, Frank

Frank Küster
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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