Notes Concerning Greek & Hebrew Fonts on This Website
I believe it is important to share original Biblical language texts with my teaching, however, I have encountered numerous roadblocks regarding copyrights in attempting to do this. Most of the good Greek and Hebrew texts are copyrighted and many of them were made with proprietary fonts. One copyright holder demanded that I pay exorbitant sums of money for the use of their Greek font, another demanded that I share my work freely and waive my right to charge money if I publish a book, and another denied the use of a good Hebrew text because they were Jews who didn't want Christian teaching alongside their text.
I am addressing this problem in the following ways:
Using widely-available fonts. Thankfully, the "Symbol" font has been in common enough use that I can use it to print simple Greek texts, and the standard Times Roman and Arial fonts have added Greek and Hebrew letters to their character sets and can be used for accented Greek texts. The David font also appears to be in somewhat common use for Hebrew texts and does not appear to have the copyright issues of other more proprietary fonts.
When widely-available fonts were not available or precise enough, I used my own Greek screen font for quotations of the Greek New Testament. (Click here for more details). For Hebrew, I have resorted to hand-writing brief scripture portions.
I have also saved some files of scripture portions including hard-to-access fonts in pdf format which embeds the font in the document for the convenience of viewers.
As for the Greek and Hebrew texts themselves, I am trying to find uncopyrighted texts with accents in them. I have found one wiki Hebrew text of the O.T. which has a "copyleft" arrangement I think I can work with. There are also un-accented texts which appear to be in the public domain that I may have to resort to.
If you have further thoughts or suggestions, I would appreciate your help.