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The "Typeright" website (http://www.typeright.org) is an example of how shady American lawyers (here the attorney Leonard DuBoff) disseminate wrong information for the purpose of lobbyism.
E.g., shady lobbyist Leonard DuBoff states as "General Counsel" at above site:
"Under the Berne Convention, one signatory nation agrees to respect the copyrights of every other signatory. The United States is one of these nations. Since most developed countries protect typeface designs, the U.S. is in the strange and paradoxical position of officially respecting the copyright on foreign typeface designs but not its own domestic designs."
Apart from the fact that the statement "Most developed countries protect typeface designs" is not based on proof, even third-rate American shysters know very well that the Berne Convention is based on the "principle of national treatment”. This means that the USA, under the Berne Convention (see RBC, Art. 5, Par. 1), grants to non-nationals (i.e. to foreigners or citizens of other countries) the same copyright protection as it grants to the works of its own nationals (i.e. to domestic United States citizens).
As the USA does not grant copyright protection to the typeface designs of its own nationals, it also does not grant copyright protection to the typeface designs of non-nationals so that e.g. the typeface designs made by Spanish, French, German, etc. designers are not copyrightable in the USA.
The shady lawyer Leonard DuBoff knows that "the U.S. is ***NOT*** in the strange and paradoxical position of officially respecting the copyright on foreign typeface designs" and he also knows that he is disseminating wrong information at Typeright, for which site he acts as "General Counsel" for the purpose of lobbyism.