The mission of TypeRight is deceptively simple, but without your support we have slim hope of achieving our goals. Type designers the world over enjoy legal protection for their typefacesexcept those working in the United States. Designers in other countries even enjoy protection from the U.S. government in U.S. courts. Type designers in the U.S., on the other hand, are offered no protection for their creative efforts, and TypeRight wants to see this changed.
As our mission states, we believe typefaces are creative works that deserve protection as intellectual property. If you've never sat down and tried to design a typeface, please browse through our Insight section. You'll find that the task of type design never has the same result twice. You'll discover a creative process that can be quick or could take monthsor longer. But the unquestionable fact remains: a typeface, its legibility and design, is the result of a creative process.
TypeRight member Patricia Lillie has responded clearly and articulately to the most common arguments against type copyright. If you're not sure just what we're asking for in the way of legal protection or intellectual property rights, you'll find Arguments Against Copyright Protection of Typefaces and Our Responses an informative read.
If you're interested in seeing the gaps in the logic of the current laws, TypeRight's resident legal expert, Jack Yan, will lead you through the complex legalese using laymen's terms in his Overview of Type Laws.