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Re: CSS3 @font-face / EOT Fonts - new compromise proposal

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:14:29 -0500
Message-ID: <4919BD75.3060909@mit.edu>
To: "Levantovsky, Vladimir" <Vladimir.Levantovsky@MonotypeImaging.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Levantovsky, Vladimir wrote:
> This section clearly defines the subject - *the Program* (which, is in
> this case, the web browser implementation)

Actually, no.  "The Program" as relevant to at least Webkit is not a web 
browser implementation.  It's a CSS/HTML layout engine.  It doesn't 
include a network stack, for example, or many other pices that would 
make it into a full browser.  The expectation is that those who wish to 
use the layout engine will embed it into their own application.

In the case of Mozilla, "The Program" is similarly not a web browser 
(there are rather multiple web browsers, email clients, HTML editors, 
etc built on Gecko) but rather the rendering engine.  This case is 
closer to being an entire "web browser", though.

I agree that if we really care about this issue then a professional 
legal opinion is warranted.  But I also agree with Robert that violating 
the spirit of the license while sticking to its letter (which is how I 
view this argument based on what "The Program" is) is not something 
Mozilla really wants to be involved in.

Received on Tuesday, 11 November 2008 17:15:16 UTC

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