[cc-community] looking for an application to display books online; questions about font and layout
alek at creativecommons.pl
Thu Sep 6 08:44:11 EDT 2007
I am in a similar situation as you - currently I have statements,
without explanations... Your example with graphic artists using fonts
(which, I understand, they license), and their clients using works with
those fonts without a license, is very interesting. Are we missing
something in this picture - hope some lawyer can help.
> Another thing that occurred to me is that you have permission from
> the author, but still can not use the fonts and layout. Who owns
> those? The publisher?
I imagine that these are owned either by the publisher, or the owner of
the font / DTP person who made the layout. Probably a mix of both?
In general, from a common sense point of view, this is crazy - that a
digitalization process can be stopped by rights to a layout. But this is
how copyright law works, as far as I understand. But this is, in general
an interesting question: in the past, when works had to be registered,
did people register layouts as works? is there a collecting society
representing DTP technicians? etc.
And I'm not sure I have mentioned this, but another huge obstacle are
graphics, photos - even graphs. If I understand correctly, someone has
rights to that plot or histogram as well, right?
koordynator / public lead
Creative Commons Polska / Poland
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