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A long-time friend and colleague (Gunnar Swanson*) is writing a
book about copies/copying, and for the chapter on typeface design
is looking for coherent and well-articulated opinions. I've already
pointed him to the pieces by Downer** and Hische*** but I also
suggested getting broader and deeper with this via Typophile.
* Among other things:
Below are two passages from his emails to me
that should hopefully guide your contributions.
Obvious issues include deciding when a typeface is too derivative
of another face, when tracing or electronic reproduction is kosher
and why. Type designers' statements about copyright and legal
issues would be of help, too but how people make personal ethical
decisions is my main focus.
It would be interesting to see if anyone has any vaguely objective
descriptions of what is right/honorable/acceptable regarding
influence in type design. I know that there's no unanimity about
any given judgement but I'm not sure that there's even a consistent
logic on the part of any given individual.
Fire at will!