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Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by BlueFishDesigns, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    I found this site today:
    www.blambot.com

    They have some cool "comic book" type fonts. Some free, some pay.
     
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  2. fmg

    fmg Very Active Member

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    Thanks for posting.
    What amazes me is that I see a lot of these fonts available on the web at no charge.
    Then someone comes along lifts the fonts and sets up a website and charges mad prices for them.
    Surely this is illegal no?
     
  3. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    You may have this backwards. Usually the fonts are offered for sale first. The free font sites that have commercial fonts on them have pirated them or renamed them in hopes of avoiding legal troubles
     
  4. fmg

    fmg Very Active Member

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    Gotcha.
    Thanks for correcting me. I can never work it out what's going on with those free font sites.
    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  5. Jim Doggett

    Jim Doggett Very Active Member

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    It's simple really. Lettering (our written language) is in the public domain. So you cannot copyright a font, only the name. (Helvetica for example.) Call Helvetica something different, such as Swiss, and you're legal and have no obligation whatsoever to the orginator of the Helvetica type style.
     
  6. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    What happened was that the US Courts ruled in 1989 that a typeface could not be copyrighted because the western alphabet is in the public domain. Only the font name could be protectd under trademark law. This extended to all design aspects of a type style and threw open the doors for font piracy. Lots of bucks were made and several major foundries went bankrupt. lots of folks lost their jobs and careers.

    Nine years later, Adobe finally got the legal principle established that font vectors were mathematical formulas and should receive protection under patent law.

    What followed was a gradual and regular reclaiming of intellectual property rights by the foundries or the font designers.

    In summary, the usual scenario is that the paid, commercial version came before the free, pirated version.
     
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    vinylbarry Active Member

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    Cool Site.
     
  8. Farmboy

    Farmboy Active Member

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    Excellent post Fred...Thanks
     
  9. TheSellOut

    TheSellOut Very Active Member

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    :thumb:
     
  10. michsanford

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    Awesome..thanks!!
     
  11. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    More free fonts

    Nice find, out of 108 fonts in the design font section, 61 are FREE, also one of the nicest layouts I have seen, breaking them down by styles and fee or free.

    :goodpost: :thankyou:
     
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