April 28th, 2006

Which comes first?

Copyright of typeface designs?

I do not see the analogy of typefaces to artistic works, arguing for application of copyright to typeface designs. For a font of pictures, sure, but for a typeface, how does that work? A letter is a functional design, used to write words. It may be artistic, but so may the design of an automobile. You cannot copyright a car design. There is a difference between an artist and a master craftsman. A painting of a letter would be art; a font of types is craft.

You can patent a car design, and it is worth the argument as to whether it is better or worse to allow patents on typeface designs.