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+ 1. I don't understand the resale restriction... What gives?
+ Bitstream is giving away these fonts, but wishes to ensure its
+ competitors can't just drop the fonts as is into a font sale system
+ and sell them as is. It seems fair that if Bitstream can't make money
+ from the Bitstream Vera fonts, their competitors should not be able to
+ do so either. You can sell the fonts as part of any software package,
+ 2. I want to package these fonts separately for distribution and
+ sale as part of a larger software package or system. Can I do so?
+ Yes. A RPM or Debian package is a "larger software package" to begin
+ with, and you aren't selling them independently by themselves.
+ See 1. above.
+ 3. Are derivative works allowed?
+ 4. Can I change or add to the font(s)?
+ Yes, but you must change the name(s) of the font(s).
+ 5. Under what terms are derivative works allowed?
+ You must change the name(s) of the fonts. This is to ensure the
+ quality of the fonts, both to protect Bitstream and Gnome. We want to
+ ensure that if an application has opened a font specifically of these
+ names, it gets what it expects (though of course, using fontconfig,
+ substitutions could still could have occurred during font
+ opening). You must include the Bitstream copyright. Additional
+ copyrights can be added, as per copyright law. Happy Font Hacking!
+ 6. If I have improvements for Bitstream Vera, is it possible they might get
+ adopted in future versions?
+ Yes. The contract between the Gnome Foundation and Bitstream has
+ provisions for working with Bitstream to ensure quality additions to
+ the Bitstream Vera font family. Please contact us if you have such
+ additions. Note, that in general, we will want such additions for the
+ entire family, not just a single font, and that you'll have to keep
+ both Gnome and Jim Lyles, Vera's designer, happy! To make sense to add
+ glyphs to the font, they must be stylistically in keeping with Vera's
+ design. Vera cannot become a "ransom note" font. Jim Lyles will be
+ providing a document describing the design elements used in Vera, as a
+ guide and aid for people interested in contributing to Vera.
+ 7. I want to sell a software package that uses these fonts: Can I do so?
+ Sure. Bundle the fonts with your software and sell your software
+ with the fonts. That is the intent of the copyright.
+ 8. If applications have built the names "Bitstream Vera" into them,
+ can I override this somehow to use fonts of my choosing?
+ This depends on exact details of the software. Most open source
+ systems and software (e.g., Gnome, KDE, etc.) are now converting to
+ use fontconfig (see www.fontconfig.org) to handle font configuration,
+ selection and substitution; it has provisions for overriding font
+ names and subsituting alternatives. An example is provided by the
+ supplied local.conf file, which chooses the family Bitstream Vera for
+ "sans", "serif" and "monospace". Other software (e.g., the XFree86
+ core server) has other mechanisms for font substitution.