Two important issues...

Andrew C. Greenberg werdna at
Wed Feb 19 11:58:45 UTC 2003

At least one district court has held that bit-map fonts are not 
protected under the Copyright Act.  This case has been widely cited, 
but there hasn't been litigation since then directly on point, so far 
as i know.  It is probably correctly decided.

However, there may be licensing issues -- as a recent Federal Circuit 
court has held that a license may be used to create protections beyond 
the scope of the Copyright Act.  Thus, how you got hold of the bit-map 
fonts may impact their protectabilitiy.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at 12:58 PM, tblanchard at wrote:

> Is there an analysis of the license anywhere online?  IOW did Andrew 
> write a paper of something I can go read?
> On Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at 05:41  PM, Alan Kay wrote:
>> Everyone  --
>> Recall Andrew's opinions that bit-map fonts are sharable and cannot
>> be restricted. I think this is a nonissue.

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