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

In message <20070515034107.GR13510@volo.donarmstrong.com>, Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> writes
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.

And, considering the very restricted meaning of "copying" under copyright law, if I have a printout of the symbol and design a copy of it using a computer, then as far as copyright law goes it is not a derivative. It may be a breach of trademark...

Anthony W. Youngman - anthony@thewolery.demon.co.uk

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