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Re: Can a font with an unfree character be free?

On 5/14/07, Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:
On Mon, 14 May 2007, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
> On 5/14/07, Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:
> >Considering the fact that the actual symbol is a white wheelchair on a
> >blue background, it's not clear that a black font would be a
> >derivative work of such a design.
> I didn't think simply changing colors removed the original copyright.

[emphasis added]

If that is in fact what was done, it obviously doesn't.

However, what is actually copyrighted is a specific representation of
a person in a wheelchair, and the creation of derivative works
thereof. It's not clear that all minimalistic representations of a
person in a wheelchair would be derivative works of the ISA.

But a depiction with the same lines in the same place would be unfree, right? You'd have to basically start from scratch and draw a new wheelchair symbol to make it free?

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