Trajan. Which category does it belong? Vinny
A classic Roman letterform.. Basic category is Serif.
the character map is in public domain. What would be the legal state if someone grab it and make a typeface out of it? Would it be possible to redistribute the work (for free under OFL)?
Uwe, the character map can be publicly viewed but is NOT in the public domain. It is only showing (part of) the content of the font-file and thus copyrighted. Adobe considers what you suggest theft of intellectual property. Their property. And they do not tend to have a friendly approach to thieves of their property. So, unless you are eager to confront the Adobe Gray Suits - who have yet to loose a case - you'd better not.
The typeface "capitalis monumtalis" is not intellectual property of Adobe or any other "capitalist". It's nearly 2000 years old and a heritage of menkind. So it should be legal to use the original character map from the roman capitalis monumentalis, but it should be illegal to use the character maps of Adobes Trajan or Canadatype Jupiter.
But if the character map does not include one intellectual property of any third party and is declared as public domain? I found at least 5 different versions of free Trajan and some are "correctly" declared as "capitalis monumentalis".
And now have a look at castletypes Goudy Trajan:
Pricing ist 0 $, in words zero dollar. As a registered user you can donwload ist for free. ;-)
This Goudy Trajan should work for the majority. But for some people (with Inkscape on UNIX-like OS) there is still a problem with required alternate characters (K, Q and R) in the same (!) fontfile (unlike Jupiter and Jupiter alternate).
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