I downloaded a family of Latin Modern font from latex website some time ago. It's licensed under LPPL license, but I still don't understand if that means that I can use it on a public website, somewhat dedicated to profit.


closed as off topic by Joseph Wright Mar 22 '13 at 16:49

Questions on TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange are expected to relate to TeX, LaTeX or related typesetting systems within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 1
    We here can't giv legal advise... just state our opinions as rank amateurs – vonbrand Mar 17 '13 at 17:30
  • In general, legal questions are off-topic not only for TeX-sx but across the whole StackExchange network as they depend on the local legal framework and require specialist knowledge about the law rather than (say) TeX. – Joseph Wright Mar 17 '13 at 20:03
  • 1
    Also note that the LM fonts are released under the GUST Font License: see gust.org.pl/projects/e-foundry/latin-modern. – Joseph Wright Mar 17 '13 at 20:04
  • @JosephWright correct, but GFL and LPPL are legally equivalent; the only difference between GFL and LPPL is that GFL asks in case of changes to "please" rename the font files. But this is a request not a binding restrictions of the license (though hopefully everybody doing modifications will obey this wish). – Frank Mittelbach Mar 17 '13 at 20:54
  • @FrankMittelbach Almost certainly true, but if you are going to ask for legal/license advice I think you have to be very careful to pick exactly the license involved. – Joseph Wright Mar 17 '13 at 20:57

You can. The LPPL does not restrict the use of the WORK (which is what you are asking about) the license only defines under which conditions the WORK can be distributed and modified.

It states:

Activities other than distribution and/or modification of the Work are not covered by this license; they are outside its scope. In particular, the act of running the Work is not restricted and no requirements are made concerning any offers of support for the Work.

The word "running" may sound a little strange in the context of fonts, but that is due to the license initially being designed for software programs.

In short, you can use any WORK under this license for whatever you wish including commercial usage.

Note: I'm one of the principal authors of the license, so you can see the above statement as a notice of intent.

  • 1
    Frank, good man, may God of your personal choice bless you endlessly :) – uhl Mar 17 '13 at 20:50

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.