For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Nov 10 18:20:17 UTC 2008

Lawrence Rosen scripsit:

> This is audacious. Nothing you can do with a mere font will make Moby Dick
> (or any other independent copyrightable work) a derivative work of that
> font, regardless of what your license says about linking.

No, of course not.  But a PDF rendering of Moby Dick using a specific
copyrightable vector font would be a derivative work of the font, at least
arguably.  (The printed copy probably isn't, because there is no copyright in
the mere outward appearance of a font.)

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