What does it mean?
Copyright is a legal right act created by the law to give the original creator exclusive rights for the use of their work and it’s possible distribution; which is named the Copyright and Patents Act 1988 in the law governed for copyright in the Uk. This is for the reason that plagiarism and infringement occurs, where people use someone else’s work whilst claiming that it’s their own; meaning that it’s unfair for the original creator as they lose recognition for their work.
How does this apply to me?
The Copyright Designs and Patent act applies to me because as a group, we have decided to use font taken from the website Dafont.com. However, it’s significant because this style of typography text has been created by someone else, meaning that they have rights over the use and distribution of their work; in which Copyright sets out a framework of rules and responsibilities for those who want to use their work.
On the website for Dafont.com, the message says the following:
“The font presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The licence mentioned above the download button is just an indication. Please look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated author’s website for details, and contact him if in doubt.
If no author/licence is indicated that’s because we don’t have information, that doesn’t mean it’s free.”
Moreover, on the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section of the website, we are informed that if the font isn’t for commercial purposes, meaning using it for business, or non-profit, personal creations then it’s fine; this also includes if the typography text is being used for educational purposes, than it’s allowed/accepted.
For example: I decided to find a text that said “100% free” and if this was legally alright to use as an example in my groups thriller opening credit sequence; which I followed the website’s rule of not just assuming the text is free to use, although it may say this (evident in highlighted pink), but actually checking the author’s website for more details (done this by clicking the button highlighted in blue). As a result, I came across the below message, which proclaimed that this particular typography if I were to use it, is free for personal and commercial use only.
Therefore, what we need to remember is to check each font we want to use by looking at the author’s website for details or even contacting them to ask for permission.