For Approval: IPA Font License v1.0

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Feb 22 08:11:18 UTC 2009

Thorsten Glaser scripsit:

> There’s another point: IANAL, but from what I’ve heard, fonts do
> not fall under copyright/droit d’auteur law in (at least) Germany,
> only trademark law (protection of the font “look” / glyphs, but
> not the actual implementation of it).

In the U.S., the appearance of a font is what is not copyrightable, nor is a
straight representation of the font (in the form of a bitmap or pieces of lead
type) either.  A vector font, however, is considered program code and therefore
copyrightable.  The font's name of course is trademarkable.

(IANAL; TINLA; but not UPL either.)

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