Copyright Protecting Fonts


#1

Hi everyone!
Is it possible to copyright protect a font, that it’s not possible to copy/use it without buying a licence?!

I’m working on a font for 2 months already, & don’t want it to become a free link on the internet…
I’m sure this would be a great help for most type designers & font programmers…

Thanks!!!
p.s. any solution [even partial] is welcome!


#2

No. Either keep it to yourself or license and distribute it and hope that people do not like it.


#3

In the age of the internet, anyone making fonts needs to get used to the reality that:

  1. even though you put a copyright notice on it, it will be copied eventually and posted somewhere on the internet;
  2. sometimes you can file a DMCA takedown notice with the site host and get it removed, but it will likely pop up elsewhere;
  3. it is much too expensive to try and do much about it through legal means unless you are a very large company with lawyers on staff;
  4. when it does happen to you, don’t stress over it; you will just lose sleep and it won’t affect the pirate;
  5. the only solutions are those @MarkSimonson pointed out above. Even then, fonts no one likes get pirated too. Pirates don’t care.

#4

Is there at least a way to hide your feature code you worked on for a few months???


#5

No way that I know of.