A nagging Bitstream copyright question

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Dan Gayle's picture
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A nagging Bitstream copyright question
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On most a bunch of Bitstream fonts the copyright says this, or similar:

“Copyright 1990 as an unpublished work by Bitstream Inc. All rights reserved. Confidential.”

My question is this: What the heck?

It's obviously published. I have it, so it must be published. Not only that, but this exact statement is the copyright embedded into the [[Bitstream Charter]] that was given to the TEX community with an open license. (The [[Bitstream Vera]] copyright and license is much more specific.)

Is this their way of trying to control copyright indefinitely, since under American law the creator owns absolute and indefinite rights over any unpublished works? If so, they need to look up the definition of "published".

Any thoughts?

Michael Clark's picture
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Joined: 2 Mar 2005 - 12:24pm
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Does give pause.

Michael

Simon Daniels's picture
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Joined: 11 Apr 2002 - 6:37pm
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Evaluation data that escaped into the wild?

Blank's picture
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Joined: 25 Sep 2006 - 2:15pm
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I’m guessing someone forgot to update the copyright data before releasing the font.

bowerbird intelligentleman's picture
Joined: 5 Mar 2009 - 5:27am
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that is completely intentional. look up the protections
granted to "unpublished" works and you'll understand.

-bowerbird

Uli Stiehl's picture
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Please note that the "as an unpublished work by Bitstream" rubbish is only contained in the PS Type 1 versions and not in the TrueType versions of the fonts. If the rubbish note had any meaning, then the TTF fonts would be published and the PS fonts would be unpublished, but I repeat, the note is rubbish and may be ignored.