Bug#934598: ITP: fonts-materialdesignicons-iconfont -- Font containing Google's Material Icons

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Bug#934598: ITP: fonts-materialdesignicons-iconfont -- Font containing Google's Material Icons

Hugh McMaster
Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Hugh McMaster <[hidden email]>

* Package name    : fonts-materialdesignicons-iconfont
  Version         : 3.0.1
  Upstream Author : Material Design Authors
* URL             : https://github.com/google/material-design-icons
* License         : Apache-2.0
  Description     : Font containing Google's Material Design icons

Material Design icons are the official icon set from Google
that are designed under the Material Design guidelines.

This package contains pre-generated font files and individual icons.

Why is this package useful/relevant?
 - fonts-materialdesignicons-webfont is similar to this ITP, but only contains
webfonts that are incompatible with projects requiring the Material Icons font.

Parts of the FreeType 2 documentation use this font.

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Bug#934598: ITP: fonts-materialdesignicons-iconfont -- Font containing Google's Material Icons

Jonas Smedegaard-2
Hi Hugh,

Quoting Hugh McMaster (2019-08-12 13:41:03)

> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Hugh McMaster <[hidden email]>
>
> * Package name    : fonts-materialdesignicons-iconfont
>   Version         : 3.0.1
>   Upstream Author : Material Design Authors
> * URL             : https://github.com/google/material-design-icons
> * License         : Apache-2.0
>   Description     : Font containing Google's Material Design icons
>
> Material Design icons are the official icon set from Google
> that are designed under the Material Design guidelines.
>
> This package contains pre-generated font files and individual icons.
>
> Why is this package useful/relevant?
>  - fonts-materialdesignicons-webfont is similar to this ITP, but only contains
> webfonts that are incompatible with projects requiring the Material Icons font.
>
> Parts of the FreeType 2 documentation use this font.

Two issues:

If the fonts will be distributed "pre-generated" as you mention above,
do you then plan to release them only in contrib?

Please check upstream what they mean by on one hand stating that license
is Apache 2.0 but then ending same paragraph with "The only thing we ask
is that you not re-sell these icons" which conflcts with that license.


Thanks for looking into packaging this!

 - Jonas

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Bug#934598: ITP: fonts-materialdesignicons-iconfont -- Font containing Google's Material Icons

Hugh McMaster
Hi Jonas,

On Tue, 13 Aug 2019 at 02:32, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Two issues:
>
> If the fonts will be distributed "pre-generated" as you mention above,
> do you then plan to release them only in contrib?

I am planning to release them in main. The font-materialdesignicons-webfont
package also contains pre-generated fonts, and that package is in main.

> Please check upstream what they mean by on one hand stating that license
> is Apache 2.0 but then ending same paragraph with "The only thing we ask
> is that you not re-sell these icons" which conflcts with that license.

The licence is Apache 2.0, but was previously Creative Commons 4.0 BY.

Upstream issue #822 says users can package the icons in a commercial
application. [1]


#424 received a non-official response on the do not re-sell part of the licence.
"It's just text. They don't want you to make money solely by selling
their icon. But they want you to make commercial use of the icons
within your own commercial software. If you use the icons in
my_software.app, that's fine. They don't want you to be selling a
google_material_design_icons.zip for $99.99. The "do not sell" part is
a wish. An intention. But not an actual licence. It's in no way a
variant of the CC BY NC licence." [2]

#417 is indicative of the confusion regarding the do not re-sell part
of the licence. [3] Unfortunately, there is no official answer.

That said, #951 observes that the repository is not maintained regularly. [4]
An active fork has appeared [5], which includes a lot of fixes (such
as missing icons) not available in Google's repository. The same font
files are available, but the icon images are not.
The licence is Apache 2.0, but does not have the ambiguity of the do
not re-sell part.

Given the fixes and clarify surrounding the licence, packaging the
fork seems a better option. Do you agree?

Hugh

[1] https://github.com/google/material-design-icons/issues/822
[2] https://github.com/google/material-design-icons/issues/424
[3] https://github.com/google/material-design-icons/issues/417
[4] https://github.com/google/material-design-icons/issues/951
[5] https://github.com/jossef/material-design-icons-iconfont