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Fonts as databases?

In 2015, while semi-defending the fonts are programs falsehood, Adam Twardoch suggested that fonts could in fact be considered as databases, a position that is quite logical, as fonts are merely lists of tables. He writes: If a court does not consider your font protectable as a computer program, there is a fallback strategy: you can claim that your font is a database. There is EU law that protects databases for 15 years (i.e., much shorter than copyright but still). That protection is actually very solid and is pretty much guaranteed to work IMO. [...] I'm still surprised that I haven't yet seen the database protection scheme written into EULAs as a fallback protection. Most EULAs base the protection claims on the computer program scheme only, which is rather volatile---if it's challenged and falls apart then you are left with very little. [...] References:

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