On Fri, Sep 30, 2005 at 09:04:53AM +0300, Nicu Buculei wrote:
Bryce Harrington wrote:
>Thanks, although to our knowledge the Pantone colors are not legally
>redistributable, so I don't think we can include them in Inkscape. You
>might want to doublecheck this fact though, just in case...
but is not possible to use the swatch is some way, like change the name
of individual colors and the name of the set and use it like that? maybe
change the order of colors? but i'm not sure how useful would be the
anyway, i think it would be useful to include more swatches in the
default install: he have now 3 swatches, maybe a couple more would be an
useful addition (one candidate could be the Gnome HIG swatch i made some
Well, as far as I know, we as Inkscape cannot solve this Pantone issue
ourselves, due to the legal issues, patent fees & enforcements, etc.
However, I know that users doing print work really want Pantone support,
so this puts us in a pretty impossible spot. Damned if we do, damned if
The only solution I can think of is if we had some sort of commercial
arm that could distribute a commercialized version of Inkscape that
could take care of adding the pantone licensing/support, paying lawyers
to talk shark-ese, and so forth. I don't know how the rest of the
Inkscape developers would feel about such an arrangement, but at a
minimum I'd expect such a company to show a substantial commitment to
open source first.
Anyway, maybe there's other solutions, but I'm with mental; we need to
avoid running afoul of the Pantone patent/copyright/etc. issues.