Common Persian (Farsi) Fonts cannot be included in Fedora officially :(


In my previous post I said that I’m going to package some common Persian fonts for Fedora. Unfortunately, both of my target font sets have some unclear legal background, and because of this they cannot be included in Fedora. As far as I know, all of the Persian fonts which are usually used by most of Persian users have this legal issue. I’m not aware of any common Persian font which is officially released as free font (with permission to copy, distribute and modifying the font).

Anyway, I noticed that PakType fonts (which are in Fedora DVD) support Persian too. Also, SIL Arabic Script Fonts support Persian too. So I’ve decided to create package for these fonts. I might create Fedora package for those common fonts too, but they won’t become part of Fedora officially and won’t be included in Fedora repositories.

BTW, I’ve found some other free fonts with Persian support and I’ll try to add them to Fedora too. However, I’m not sure that they are suitable for common use cases.

To sum up, we need some widely usable free Persian fonts, so we need some font designers! I hope that we can find some interested people to design new free fonts…

7 responses to this post.

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  2. have you ever heard about the “Mj Fonts”? these are about 400 fonts which are derived from Arabic fonts by someone named “Mojtaba Kia”. I don’t think that there is any legal issues behind these fonts. here is the link: http://robo2.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B9%D9%87-%D9%81%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B3%DB%8C-mj-%DB%8C%D8%A7-%D9%81%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%AA%D8%A8%DB%8C/

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  3. No, I didn’t. But, the legal situation of these fonts is completely unclear. They do not have any kind of license. Also, the license of modified fonts is not specified too. This is a legal issue. We need “free” fonts, which explicitly allow any kind of distribution and modification. So, these fonts cannot be included too. However, if we contact the author and he can release these fonts with a proper license (if he have the right to do so!), then we will able to add them to Fedora officially.

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  4. allright; so if those are not supported, try this page:
    http://fpf.sourceforge.net/per/index.html
    which is the page for free persian font project;
    and this page from National ICT Agenda:
    http://www.scict.ir/Portal/Home/ShowPage.aspx?Object=News&CategoryID=72ec3b79-8eb2-40bf-8308-4888712e594a&LayoutID=44f4f30f-84f9-48ff-a3a6-7c5be4da31c4&ID=f2bccb28-f5ec-4457-a2eb-f5346f016c07
    which has released a free persian Nastaliq font.
    I am sure that these fonts are free to use.

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  5. Thanks a lot for your concern, but unfortunately it seems that these fonts are not OK:
    1. For FPF fonts, I found this in its README file:
    “This release is first release of this sets that contain one font,
    FPUF-nakhost that based on Nazli fonts from http://www.farsiweb.info.
    FPUF fixed some Unicode problems

    Unfortunately, this font is based on FarsiWeb fonts. FarsiWeb fonts have unclear legal status and cannot be included in its current state, and so any fonts based on FarsiWeb fonts cannot be included too.

    2. The IranNastaliq font is even worse! While FarsiWeb fonts have unclear legal status, IranNastaliq is clearly not free. It is free to use, but it even does not allow distribution. As stated inside the font file:
    “This software is a valuable asset of scict. Unless you have entered into a specific license agreement granting you additional rights, your use of this software is limited to your workstation for your own publishing use. You may not copy or distribute this software.”
    So, IranNastaliq font is not a “free” font. It explicitly does not allow me to include it in Fedora.😦

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  6. Posted by onlinewebtools on October 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

  7. I’ve downloaded one of the Arabic ones, it’s copyright says: Redistribution strictly prohibited!! No, They are not legally free fonts.

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