Fonts are Programs: pay attention!

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Lloyd
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se unió: 04/17/2021

I want to raise awareness about computer fonts being programs and not regular files, and proprietary fonts are proprietary programs.

I have met some people who are using free software/hardware, yet they had copied proprietary fonts from the malware-ridden proprietary Windows OS to be able to use those fonts in documents they are sending to MS Office users. They are thinking that computer font is just a regular file, similar to PNG or OGG. Fonts are programs, proprietary fonts have proprietary license, for example MS Calibri font license.
Here is > a video < where a lawyer is explaining proprietary fonts. The lawyer is not necessarily free software friendly, but he provides a very important information.

Web Browsers
Third parties can execute malicious code on our systems using proprietary javascript. Another threat is proprietary fonts. Solution: block all fonts in your browser, examine website's source code, if the font is free software, it will likely be available in free software repositories, or on developer's website.

calher

I am a member!

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se unió: 06/19/2015

I cannot see the video.

lanun
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se unió: 04/01/2021

I can, but not from all instances. The snopyta instance worked.

jlb
jlb
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se unió: 03/28/2021

On some Invidious instances it is recommended to enable Proxy videos (or &local=true at the end of the URL). This tries to bypass any geographical restrictions imposed by YouTube.

I attach an image with the content of that link since it doesn't seem to work with JavaScript disabled.

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lanun
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se unió: 04/01/2021

In case you did not even get the link: https://tube.cadence.moe/watch?v=5EzmLTElAYQ

andyprough
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se unió: 02/12/2015

If you have an up to date mpv and youtube-dl on your system, it will run with
mpv https://tube.cadence.moe/watch?v=5EzmLTElAYQ

Lloyd
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se unió: 04/17/2021
nadebula.1984
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se unió: 05/01/2018

It is true that non-free fonts are usually heavily copyright encumbered (i.e. having highly restrictive licenses), but does this necessarily means that they should be classified as software/programs? According to copyright laws, every piece of work can have its own license. Software/programs are executable codes. Do fonts fall in this category?

Lloyd
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se unió: 04/17/2021

As far as I'm concerned, fonts are software/programs.

lanun
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se unió: 04/01/2021

This blog post seemed to make for an interesting read about the legal status of fonts, especially as opposed to typeface:
https://www.fontfabric.com/blog/fonts-licensing-the-ins-and-outs-of-legally-using-fonts

Here is a short excerpt:

"Typeface vs font in licensing [...]

  • A typeface is a set of letters, numbers and symbols that share a consistent design look, therefore having nothing to do with the actual piece of data that is licensed.
  • A font, on the other hand, comes in the form of a computer file, software or a program that sends a signal to your computer to display each character in a certain way.

In conclusion, typefaces are subject to copyright, whereas fonts are protected by software licenses depending on the use case."

However, after checking the actual definitions of both words, I am a bit confused:

  • "typeface (3) : The full range of type of the same design."
  • "font (2) : A complete set of type of one size and face."
nadebula.1984
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se unió: 05/01/2018

Fonts are by no means programs/software, since they are not executable codes.

Non-free font packages may contain malicious codes, but such malicious codes are not parts of fonts.

koszkonutek
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se unió: 03/19/2020

I fully agree. What is presented in this thread is a legal point of view. And while it is probably useful to understand the legal point of view, it does not have to be coherent with software freedom principles.

Having that said, it is still preferable to use libre fonts, just like it is important for software documentation to be freely-licensed