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Old 29 April 2016, 12:39   #1
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Ancient OS fonts licenses

I'm having a difficult time understanding how font licenses works in general and what's the status of the old System bitmap fonts, like Topaz for Workbench, the Cbm64 etc.

Maybe someone can address these questions:

- who is the designer of a given font: the one who 'invented' the font's look and therefore created the first copy of it, and that's it? Or also the one who created from scratch a font that look exactly like the first one, with negligible differences, but with no passage of actual data if not by human eye judgement?

- Consequently, if someone recreates Topaz, for instance, by eye with a service like, Fontstruct, who's the designer?

- Regardless the above, what's the status of those old fonts? Are they tied to the OS license or each of them property of the original designers?

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