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Subject: Re: Type Design Ethics/Credits
From: William Adams <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Mar 2006 07:05:02 -0500

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On Mar 27, 2006, at 5:23 AM, Rob wrote:

> I have recently had need to adjust some characters on an existing  
> typeface so that it fits a little better with what I am working on.  
> I looked high and low for a typeface that looked the way I wanted  
> but decided the best way to achieve an appropriate look was to  
> slightly adjust 2 characters on an existing face.
> What are the ethics to do with this? I don't want to claim the  
> whole face as entirely my own work, because obviously it isn't, but  
> i would like to show that I had some sensitivity and attention to  
> detail in relation to the aesthetics of the typeface. How do I  
> credit my work without stepping on the toes of somebody else?

This falls under ``derivative work'' in normal copyright  
considerations. First off, you need to have the permission of the  
original copyright holder to make the change. Second, you can't  
distribute it beyond the bounds appropriate to the original.

I've done similar things under contract in the past, and I've just  
listed it as:

Copyright (date) (original copyright holder), modifications by  
(person doing modifications)

and told the client they needed to have a license for the original  
everywhere the modified copy was used, and I only did this for faces  
whose licenses allow modification.

has more specifics if you're inclined.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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