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Ubuntu Font Family PPA
Posted Sep 7, 2010 21:41 UTC (Tue) by sladen (subscriber, #27402)
Posted Sep 7, 2010 21:50 UTC (Tue) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
However.. because the copyright is still all rights reserved Canonical you are not allowed to redistribute the files or even embed them inside documents and then distribute said documents. It's unclear to me what the usage rights are on fonts that are all rights reserved like this. If I use these fonts as my desktop fonts and then take a screenshot of my desktop and upload that publicly..have I just violated Canonical's copyrights on the fonts?
Posted Sep 8, 2010 1:15 UTC (Wed) by SEMW (guest, #52697)
No more, surely, than you would have done so anyway, due to that Ubuntu logo visible in the screenshot (or in your case, the Fedora logo -- copyright Red Hat). And, of course, Mozilla's -- that darned Firefox icon in the panel. And, probably, several dozen anonymous icon designers who haven't explicitly released their work under a Free license. And, oh dear, I seem to have violated Red Hat's trademark myself, by publishing (in this comment) the word "Fedora" without the ® symbol or the words "Fedora and the Infinity design logo are trademarks of Red Hat, Inc.", as I am required to do by their trademark guidelines. Not to mention....
Etc, etc, etc. Being that paranoid over IP leads nowhere, fast. And whilst IANAL, I was under the impression that these sort of uses are more than covered by Fair Use in the USA, and its equivalent in other jurisdictions.
Posted Sep 8, 2010 2:53 UTC (Wed) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
Fonts _do_ have copyright licenses associated with them. The permission to use a font typeface to render a static image can not be taken for granted as fair use in all cases. Fair use is at best situational and decided on a case-by-case basis.
Posted Sep 8, 2010 3:30 UTC (Wed) by SEMW (guest, #52697)
Posted Sep 8, 2010 4:49 UTC (Wed) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
Even granting you that court case... the copyrightability of digital typography is even more complex than you realize. That court ruling basically makes typefaces uncopyrightable as artistic works in the US. But, because the US is a signatory of the Berne convention... US courts must uphold typography copyrights from other jurisdictions that allow then to be registered as artistic works... effectively mooting that ruling as other countries allow fonts to be copyrighted.
But regardless of that little nuance... none of that actually speaks to fonts as copyrightable pieces of software. Here's some more up-to-date reading that puts that ruling in context of software:
If I had clear license to _use_ the font software and took a screenshot of that usage or printed a document from a computer program _using_ the font software...things would be fine. But there is no EULA that tells me what I am allowed to actually do with the font software such that I can take a screenshot or print a document rendered with the font software in use. Certainly installing and accessing font software with other software programs is not automatically fair use.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 13:56 UTC (Thu) by DOT (subscriber, #58786)
Posted Sep 9, 2010 20:50 UTC (Thu) by jmm82 (guest, #59425)
Posted Sep 9, 2010 21:07 UTC (Thu) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
If the fonts came with a EULA about what I was actually allowed to do and spelled what I was allowed and not allowed to do..fine. But there is no EULA on those fonts which is a lapse. It doesn't really matter what the license will be in the future or the intention to openly license it at some point. Right now I have no license under the terms of which I can _use_ the fonts even though I can obtain them and install them. Even proprietary licensed fonts come with EULAs which tell me what I can and cannot do with the software. This software doesn't provide any licensing terms at all which describe what is and is not allowed usage. That's a problem.
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