Possible BoxeeBox gpl violation
jani.mikkonen at gmail.com
Wed May 11 19:26:36 CEST 2011
Status update for those interested.
I got contact information for Ascendercorp and mailed them about my findings
- waiting for reply.
In meanwhile, Boxee released a new firmware version today. boxee.ttf file is
not present anymore in the image but there are now 3 few font files. One is
called arial.ttf and seems to be ArialUnicodeMS font. Other two are:
LiberationMono-Regular.ttf and LiberationSerif-Regular.ttf.
So, the interesting thing now is that does Boxee infact have separate
licensing deal with Ascender for these two fonts from Liberation set. And
can Ascender grant exclusive non-gpl version of these fonts.
Previously reported  gpl v3 violations seem to be fixed
 Copyright claim in the font files found via "strings" points to
http://www.ascendercorp.com/fonts/liberation/ which again directs to RedHat
site https://www.redhat.com/promo/fonts/ which again redirects to
fedorahosted site https://fedorahosted.org/releases/l/i/liberation-fonts/.
Latest release still has gpl + exceptions licensing and License.txt still
contains these clauses:
This agreement governs the use of the Software and any updates to the
Software, regardless of the delivery mechanism. Subject to the following
terms, Red Hat, Inc. ("Red Hat") grants to the user ("Client") a license to
this work pursuant to the GNU General Public License v.2 with the exceptions
set forth below and such other terms as are set forth in this End User
.. snip ..
(b) As a further exception, any distribution of the object code of the
Software in a physical product must provide you the right to access and
modify the source code for the Software and to reinstall that modified
version of the Software in object code form on the same physical product on
which you received it.
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