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Re: figlet fonts - GPL-ok?

On Sat, Aug 18, 2001 at 06:17:51PM -0500, Peter Samuelson wrote:
> About a year ago I was hacking on a curses CD player app (groovycd,
> which is GPL) which features a large ascii-art numeral display.  I
> added the capability for multiple fonts, and converted a few Figlet
> fonts[1] that look good there.

Bitmapped fonts are not copyrightable in the United States.

Hinted fonts, because they contain what could be construed as
algorithmic or programmatic constructs, are copyrightable.

Without looking into it, I'd bet that figlet fonts are *not* hinted.
There really wouldn't be a point for such a limited application.  Figlet
fonts are probably simply a form of bitmapped font that can sometimes
encode more than one "bit" per "pixel".

G. Branden Robinson                |
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