sw-l-digest V1 #2411
slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Mon May 28 22:03:37 UTC 2007
Sandy Fleming wrote:
> I see what you're saying, but the distinction isn't necessarily clear in
> every case. For example, the program I'm writing attempts to reduce the
> workload in creating the huge number of SignWriting symbols by
> calculating sets of shapes by geometry within the program. The final
> result may be a font, but it's created on the fly by the software so
> kind of difficult to separate out from the license on the software
> itself. Since by altering one or two geometrical calculations within the
> program I could get it to create a whole new font, I wonder if a font
> license would really cover what it does?
First, you have the software. Second, you have the set of geometric shapes.
So the question starts, is the set of geometric shapes a base font? And
does this base font cover any derivative fonts that the software could
Personally, I wouldn't consider the geometric shapes a font because
there is no underlining alphabet. The shapes can be put together to
form an alphabet, but the base shapes are not an alphabet.
A writer can use your tool to create a font. So the writer should get
to decide on the license for their creation.
my 2 cents again,
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