For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Thu Nov 6 10:06:26 UTC 2008

John Cowan <cowan at> writes:
> I think that would be a grave error (I realize that you don't speak
> for the OSI, and neither do I).  Outline fonts are only copyrightable
> at all (in the U.S., at least) because the hints they contain are in
> some sense software (pure bitmap fonts and the mere appearance of a
> font are not copyrightable).

This is probably off topic (perhaps we should continue this on license-
discuss), but I am very surprised to learn this.  Can you explain the
resoning behind it?  I would have thought that fonts and logotypes would
be considered works of art, and be copyrightable as such.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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