Ubuntu Font Family PPA
Posted Sep 8, 2010 3:30 UTC (Wed) by SEMW
In reply to: Ubuntu Font Family PPA
Parent article: Looking at Fedora 14 and Ubuntu 10.10
> You are confusing trademark and copyright which is unfortunate.
I don't believe I am. A logo, being a creative work, is surely (disclaimer: IANAL) subject to copyright as well as being a trademark; and whilst it's arguable whether the Ubuntu & Fedora logos are complicated enough (being simple, solid colour, & geometrical) for copyright to apply, the Firefox logo certainly is. In the case of just the word "Fedora", where only trademark law applies, I did specifically say 'trademark' -- the example not being irrelevant because trademark law is also subject to fair use. In any case, the point -- that being that paranoid over IP leads nowhere, fast -- was framed in terms of Intellectual Property, which covers both.
And yes, certainly fonts are subject to copyright; I never implied otherwise. Perhaps I should have -- whilst they certainly are where I live (the UK), where they actually are or not in the US is up for debate: see, for example, Eltra Corp. v. Ringer. But even in jurisdictions where they definitely are subject to copyright, if you can point to a single case where a software screenshot or equivalent -- i.e. something where the font is used indirectly, not directly (so a photo with an open book in it, rather than a logo or the book itself) has been found to not be fair use -- I'll be very surprised.
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