[Reader-list] copyright for fonts?
shivamvij at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 13:58:21 IST 2004
Can "Fonts" be Copyrighted?
Of late there has been a discussion on the web on copyright of the
fonts of "Kannada" which is a language used by over 50 million
persons in India and officially recognized by the constitution of
While thinking on this issue, it is necessary for the community to
consider if at all it is correct for copyright to be recognized
"Font" is a written expression of a language or the alphabets of a
language. ...Any copyright claim on the "Font" indirectly claims
the "Copyright" on the language itself.
I wish that Netizen right activists take up this issue in the
appropriate forum and fight for the "Free Licensing" of
Fonts...Alternatively, the Government .. should legislate
that "Fonts" should be subject matter of "Compulsory Free Licensing".
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