Font licensing


Pablo 2023-08-18 15:43 (Edited)

I would like to ask, under what license is the default LowRes NX font?

Timo 2023-08-18 17:44

For the software part NX uses the zlib license:

This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied
warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages
arising from the use of this software.

Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it
freely, subject to the following restrictions:

1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software
in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be
appreciated but is not required.
2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
misrepresented as being the original software.
3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.

Do you know a similar license for assets? In any case, feel free to use it for anything.

Pablo 2023-08-18 19:16 (Edited)

Thank you, what about CC BY-SA?

nathanielbabiak 2023-08-18 20:26

I'm not sure how it works internationally, but state-side the purpose of a license is to allow distribution without the creator fully giving away copyright protection. And (again, only in the US), bitmaps are not able to be protected by copyright. Even in CC BY-SA, the terms "work" and "material" have a legal meaning...

Timo 2023-08-18 22:14

"bitmaps are not able to be protected by copyright"
Do you have a source for this? It sounds strange to me...

nathanielbabiak 2023-08-18 22:47 (Edited)

I wasn't being explicit - my comment is in relation to fonts only, not all bitmaps.

Google "bitmap fonts copyright usa" - there's a bunch of results.

Pablo 2023-08-18 22:54 (Edited)

Thanks, nathanielbabiak and Timo. I learnt something about fonts, typefaces and copyright. It was always unclear to me.


Timo 2023-08-19 09:00

Ok, yes, fonts are complicated. And interestingly font files are “computer programs”…
But as I said, do whatever you want with the NX font. If you get rich using it, consider a donation 😜

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