Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Fri Jul 22 18:05:00 CDT 2005

On Fri, 22 Jul 2005, Andrew K. Bressen wrote:
> some of the original postscript fonts were licensed from
> them by adobe; they seem to own helvetica, optima, and palatino
> among others. They merged with Hell, a printing press maker,
> around 1990. Today they exist as a font vendor, owned by Heidelberg
> (probably the world's foremost printing press maker).

They actually do not own the FONTS (or typefaces) but they own
(trademark) the NAMES "Helvetica", "Times Roman", etc.
Anybody can make a similar, or even copy, of the font,
but they have to pay to use the name.
(Think "Arial")

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