[free-sklyarov] adobe DMCA letters
Christopher R. Maden
crism at maden.org
Sun Dec 23 04:54:55 PST 2001
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At 16:08 22-12-2001, Will Janoschka wrote:
> It's Adobe software, however, Adobe considers its fonts to be
> 'software', thus
> protected by copyright. Fonts are not subject to copyright in the US.
> (Copyrightable 'prolly isn't a word) Just another nasty side of Adobe.
This isn't quite accurate. *Typefaces* - the shapes of letters - are not
copyrightable. A digital font is a piece of software that draws those
shapes, and *is* copyrightable (see Adobe v. SSI). You can print out a
font, scan it back in, trace it, and make a font, and be in the clear.
See the comp.fonts FAQ (<URL: http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_13.htm >)
for more info.
I'm not saying this is the *right* status for fonts and typefaces, but it
is the current legal status. (I think that typefaces should have the same
legal status as other works of art - whatever that status is - but the
Supreme Court has held that since the alphabet is in the public domain, a
typeface can't be protected. Obviously, there's no creativity whatsoever
represented by a Palatino, Poetica, or American Uncial take on the Platonic
concept of "A".)
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