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[ARSCLIST] OT: Copyright and typefaces

Copyright can be asserted for both PostScript and TrueType fonts: PostScript is printable and subject to human interpretation; TrueType is an executable program. Needless to say, the commercial faces have copyright notices in readable form within their headers.

The oddity arises when one uses a program to construct a font of one's own. I have used several such and each has embedded a copyright notice in the product - asserting that the rights belong to the publisher of the program used. It's as though Shure had the rights to a recording made with their microphones.

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 valid.


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