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What are the copyrights on pre-digital ITC fonts?
Can I digitize one and release it myself? Or just release it into the public domain under their copyright?
Tell me more, thanks.
You should contact directly Allan Haley at Monotype : email@example.com. He is in charge of this sort of things.
It depends on what country you live in. IIRC, in the States, you cannot copyright a design. If *you* digitize a font, say from a printed source, it is perfectly legal. You can then copyright your font data, but again, not the design. The font *name* may well have to be different. Some names are in the public domain (Janson, Baskerville, etc.)
Believe the situation on protecting a design is different in Europe. Don't ask about Asia.
Notice I said *legal*. Opinions vary on the ethics.
There already were several discussions on the topic (you could [Google] search the forum). Also, for a better chance to receive answers, you should move the thread to General Discussions (not Release).