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A while back I downloaded some freeware from cnet.com with the following Publisher's description:
"This is a zipped file of over 4700 TrueType fonts (fonts.zip). They're freely available throughout the net. Just unzip them to a folder and install them as necessary."
This was great, I thought, and planned to bundle a couple of hundred of them maybe with a software product I was writing and planning to sell.
But then I started looking at the info on these various fonts using "Font Thing". (Another great product, btw.) Some of them would say "Freeware" but most of them did not, and had varying sorts of information in the Copyright section, e.g.:
"All Rights Reserved."
"All Rights Reserved. Freeware."
"Do not Distribute without Author's permission"
"with the help of Jesus Christ_my Guardian Angels"
"To register and get a sample disk send 15$ to..."
"All Rights Reserved. Distribute Freely."
"You many not sell this font or distribute any modified version without my written consent."
"This font was made by ___________ especially for you and is copyright Fanatico Productions 1997."
"copyright 2002 by charlie. @ caramel syrup."
"Freeware - may not be sold.
Considering that all of these were on a freeware product, why couldn't I redistribute some of them with my own product (regardless of info in copyright section) if they were merely bundled in such a way that I wasn't "selling' them as such (as for example a downloader could keep the fonts if he decided not to keep my product.)
Also to font designers, what would be your reaction to someone who you felt was using your font without permission. Would you just send them a cease and decist letter initially or what.