For approval: SIL Open Font License 1.1

Wilson, Andrew andrew.wilson at
Mon Nov 10 22:45:30 UTC 2008

John Cowan wrote:

> 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.)

In the world of print, I have never heard of a typeface designer asserting
a copyright interest in a printed work solely because the
work was set using his/her typeface.

In the world of bits, an outline font is really just an algorithm for
rendering a specific glyph.  As we know, the copyright holder for the
implementation of an algorithm, barring very unusual circumstances,
does not in general have a copyright interest in a work produced by executing
said algorithm.


Andy Wilson
Intel open source technology center

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