An Approach to Why Typography Should be Copyrightability

How to Cite

Phares, G. C. (2016). An Approach to Why Typography Should be Copyrightability. The Columbia Journal of Law & The Arts, 39(3), 417–420.


I am here to talk about typefaces, which, in the United States, unlike most of the rest of the world, have no copyright protection at all. With the exception, in a way, of the fact that the computer programs that produce digitized typefaces are protected by copyright, although the typefaces that they produce are not.

My contention is that under the 1976 Act, typefaces should be protected. To start, I just want to—since pictures say a thousand words and I have so little time— I want you to look at these fonts and think about the extent to which you can perceive ornamentation and artistic effort apart from the basic letter form.