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Re: [ARSCLIST] Copyright and typefaces
Don Cox wrote:
On 24/03/07, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
Since the PostScript file can be edited with a text editor, one could
easily change the notice to assert rights of the person who created
it - but is that legal? I wonder whether the original assertion is
Well...your copyright applies ONLY to the font (i.e. the shape and
design of the characters). Any information you make available over the
internet or on some digital storage medium is NOT copyrighted... but,
should someone make that same data available using your copyrighted
font, it is the LETTERS/NUMBERS/USW. that are violating copyright...
NOT the information itself!
In most countries, the design of a font cannot be copyrighted, but the
code to produce it _is_ copyright.
I rarely re-enter a thread, but want to confirm that Don Cox is correct
here, at least for the U.S. It is quite legal to duplicate a copyrighted
font by scanning in samples and re-creating the code (which will, of
course, differ to some extent from the original). I have done something
akin to that when I found an 'old time' font which needed some changes
to serve for a specific task.
The process seems to me parallel to that of "sampling" audio, but the
legal situation is quite different. (So, perhaps, we are not as far off
topic as I had thought.)