Ubuntu changing its look
Posted Mar 4, 2010 16:53 UTC (Thu) by drag
In reply to: Ubuntu changing its look
Parent article: Ubuntu changing its look
Typefaces *are* copyrightable as a creative work and additionally can be protected by
design patents (e.g. US design patent D1 is for a typeface) or design rights.
Yes.. I did mention that Typefaces are patentable in the USA, but the patents are rare and
hard to get. I think there are a total of 150 patents in total and they last specifically for 14
years. The latest typeface I could find that was patented was Lucida and that was in 1994 and
is expired now. But I did not do a exhaustive search.
And it's true that Fonts are copyrightable in the USA. Not all fonts.. scalable fonts are
copyrightable, but bitmaps of fonts are not. Typefaces are not copyrightable.
Now in the UK and in Germany this may be different, but I only know the USA laws.
One thing to keep in mind is that:
Fonts != Typeface
In at least scalable digital fonts are concerned. Font is the implimentation and Typeface is the
appearence if I understand everything correctly. (I am not sure of that).
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