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The Release Notes to Finale 27 state that "All fonts shipped with Finale are now available for use under the SIL Open Font License."

 

However, this is not mentioned in the EULA at all. SIL fonts may be copied and modified, yet the EULA says that you may not "modify or make derivative works based upon the Software" (the fonts being a part of "The Software).

 

The SIL licence terms are not included anywhere in the installer/installation (which is a breach of the SIL licence!) "Original or Modified Versions of the Font Software may be bundled, redistributed and/or sold with any software, provided that each copy contains the above copyright notice and this license."

 

The Fonts themselves contain the statement "You may use this font as permitted by the EULA for the product in which this font is included to display and print content" in their metadata.



Could we have a definitive clarification from MM that the fonts are now free to distribute, modify, and use in other programs, subject to the SIL terms?

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I'm officially retired from my day gigs as an IP licensing manager here in the Silicon Valley and at ASCAP but I know an ELUA that doesn't make sense when I see it — and it appears that you found one.

 

Probably a good idea to use the Submit a request link to ask MM directly.

 

I have a way of asking indirectly and will reach out, also.

 

 

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