Digitizing old ITC fonts.

Rupert Pupkin's picture

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.

Frank ADEBIAYE's picture

You should contact directly Allan Haley at Monotype : allan.haley@itcfonts.com. He is in charge of this sort of things.

charles ellertson's picture

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.

riccard0's picture

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).

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