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Re: [ft] Free Fonts

From: Dave Crossland
Subject: Re: [ft] Free Fonts
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 20:28:57 +0100

2009/6/2 Werner LEMBERG <address@hidden>:
>> It sounds like Germany is like the USA in that the copyright office
>> has decided that typeface designs will not be recognized as artistic
>> works there, since they have a utility function,
> Yes; in Germany those fonts are called `Brotschriften' (which somehow
> translates to `fonts for daily use').

Okay, good to have that confirmed by a German (I assume you are?)
although I hope to some day get some laywers to confirm what I can
figure out through debate with knowledgable lay-people online.

>>> All designs published in this catalogue are no longer protected.
>> I do not believe this is the case worldwide, such as in the UK.
> You'll probably always find exceptions.  Just think of the Lex Disney
> in the USA thanks to hard lobbying by this company...

I assert that the general case is that all designs published in this
catalogue are protected as artistic works (ie basically forever) and
there are some exceptions such as the USA, France, Germany and
Switzerland, where they are not.


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