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Martin Kotulla on his MegaFont CD [Martin Kotulla]

Martin Kotulla (of Softmaker) defends his MegaFont CD (5000 fonts for about 60 Euros). Article and blog in German. This CD in particular has made waves because, unlike many (if not all) other mega-font-CD's, Kotulla's offer very original designs and high quality revivals or redigitizations. He explains what can be found:

  • Original designs by masters such as Hans Eduard Maier (Syntax), Hermann Zapf (Palatino, Optima, Melior) and Adrian Williams (Congress, Raleigh, Seagull, Worcester).
  • No one can claim, dixit Kotulla, ownership of classical designs such as Garamond, Clarendon, Bodoni, Cheltenham, and Baskerville. So, there are plenty of interpretations of those.
  • URW licensed a lot of fonts to Kotulla, which it had digitized years ago from companies such as Linotype, Berthold, ITC, Letraset and Scangraphic. When it digitized those fonts, URW owned the data because the companies did not care about the computer data. Kotulla continues by reiterating that Germany has no copyright protection for font shapes.
  • Kotulla claims to have no fonts younger than 25 years as that is the time span at which type protection lapses in Germany.

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