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Re: [ARSCLIST] Copyright and typefaces

On 23/03/07, Mike Richter wrote:

> Copyright can be asserted for both PostScript and TrueType fonts:
> PostScript is printable and subject to human interpretation; TrueType
> is an executable program. 

So is a Postscript font.

> 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.

It is certainly legal to put your own copyright notice in, 
and what the program is doing is illegal.

The font design program I have doesn't do this.

Don Cox

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