Copyright Law of Fonts

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Halie0201
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Copyright Law of Fonts

Post by Halie0201 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:10 pm

I'm going to design some posters and I have a question about the copyright law of modifying the typeface.

This is the thing. I type in the font with the font software and then make it a picture. And then I do some modification with this picture in AI. I noticed that the term of typeface protection is 25 years in England. Is it okay for me to edit the fonts in a picture format, just like this http://take.ms/22xDs . Is there anyone can help me with this question? Thank you very much!

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Post by AndyJ » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:30 pm

Hi Halie,
Technically what you propose would be making a derivative work, so would require permission, assuming that the original typeface was still in copyright. However since the normal day-to-day use of typefaces in digital media can inevitably lead to distortions, although perhaps not as extreme as the one you have shown, I doubt if this would be a problem with a conventional typeface, just those which are particularly distinctive.
If in doubt, I would advise you to seek permission for what you want to do.
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