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Making fonts

Posted by atari2600land, 10 April 2019 · 57 views

So I made a font. Well, what I did was modify a font. I had to spend an unholy fortune and search and stuff to find the right program for me, one that will let me import images and make them be letters. I doubt the guy who made the original font is still around and can be contacted (the font was copyright 1992, 93.) So I don't really know what to do with my modified font. Can I post it on my website? Is it abandonware?
What started this whole thing was someone replied to my font query from WhatTheFont from 2012. Don't know why it took 7 years to answer my question, though. I restarted my font making thing: It's called Salem Oregon Font Association, or SOFA for short.
 
So what I did was make the Alien Raiders font from the Microvision. I had to modify the D, E and N. I'm happy the way it turned out. I'll mostly work on making dingbats.






Apparently fonts are a funny piece of intellectual properties when it comes to copyrights. I believe bitmap representations of fonts are not covered by US copyright laws, only algorithmic descriptions on how to build them (like a scaleable TTF, OTF etc). However in Europe, the same fonts are covered by the corresponding copyright laws which means you as a US citizen is likely to be allowed to post it any way you like, but I as an EU citizen would not be allowed to.

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