Re: Graphics for unicode scripts

From: Gilbert Sneed (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2007 - 04:37:26 CST

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    Dear Sirs,

    I do not know how it complies with the copyright laws, but I think there is
    a mean to get back illustrations and texts from a .pdf. The program to use
    is KWord from the KOffice Office suit package.
    This package is a Linux KDE dependant package. In version 1.6.1 (latest
    available version) it can open .pdf for input. In such a case, it can read
    all informations and you can then use them as if you had created them,
    either graphics (I think it is in .gif format) or text elements.

    Best regards,

    Gilbert Sneed

    2007/1/19, Hans Aberg <>:
    > On 19 Jan 2007, at 18:31, Thomas Dickey wrote:
    > >
    > The WIPO Copyright Treaty, Article 4:
    > says that "computer programs are protected as literary works...". So
    > that include computer fonts, then.
    > Essentially what is protected is the parts of the work that makes it
    > creatively unique, it seems: There was a court case in the US, where
    > the Beastie Boys paid a flutist copyright money for inclusion into
    > their work a sequence of notes he played on a recording. Then the
    > composer claimed copyright of this sequence of notes. The judge,
    > however, ruled that the sequence of notes was too short to be
    > creatively unique from the composing point of view. (Sorry, I do not
    > have a reference, but it is, or was, on the Internet.)
    > So, as a common law principle: a work may involve more than one
    > copyright holder, but only the parts or portions of the work that is
    > creatively unique is protected by copyright.
    > Now, when it comes down to fonts, they should be likewise protected,
    > but it can be tricky to figure out how. "Normal exploitation of the
    > work", seems to imply that one who buys it has the right to create
    > work with it, as that is a long established practice with fonts, and
    > the public likely, giving only consideration to the font copyright,
    > has the right to freely copy such work, but does not have the right
    > to use the font itself to create new works. The owner of a copy has
    > the right to sell that single copy, as that is the case of books, but
    > subsequently, the new owner only has the right to use that particular
    > single copy (or, rather, handle it within the scope of normal
    > ownership, which may include lending it to someone).
    > That is just my guess.
    > Hans Aberg

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