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Re: Fonts WG Charter feedback

From: Christopher Fynn <cfynn@gmx.net>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 11:47:12 +0600
Message-ID: <4A4C49E0.9030606@gmx.net>
To: "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>
While font vendors may be pushing for it, in the long run, is a new 
web-only font format going to be any more effective at "protecting" 
fonts than various audio formats have been at "protecting" music?

Wouldn't it be much easier for font foundries and vendors to find
sites using their fonts (legally or illegally) where the original 
un-obfuscated, un-subsetted fonts are being used? Unlicensed use of 
fonts on the internet should be *far* easier to police than unlicensed
use in printed publications.

- Chris


Sylvain Galineau wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ian Hickson [mailto:ian@hixie.ch]

>> Wouldn't operating systems just build support in for these fonts,
>> making
>> the entire exercise pointless? I mean, I assume FreeType would support
>> these fonts natively almost immediately, and I see no reason to suspect
>> that Apple wouldn't add support for this new format to Mac OS X too,
>> since
>> it would aid developers significantly if they could see these fonts in
>> other applications once they've acquired them.

> My employer would be unlikely to do so given its stance on the matter. But yes,
> native OS support for this font encoding may bring us back to square one on that platform.
> 
Received on Thursday, 2 July 2009 05:48:04 GMT

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