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Re: Fonts WG Charter feedback

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 12:41:40 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600907051741q660d1fa2h5f3540a5bd68f36e@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, HÃ¥kon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, Tal Leming <tal@typesupply.com>, Thomas Lord <lord@emf.net>, Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>, Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>, "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>
On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm not seeing how that helps in any way, though.  Let's look at two
> situations, one with same-origin restrictions and one without.
>
> 1. Alice creates a site and purchases a font to use on it.  Bob sees
> the font, likes it, and wants to use it on his own site.  Same-origin
> restrictions are in place, though, so he looks at the stylesheet to
> find where the font is located on the server, downloads it to his own
> server, and links to his copy in his stylesheet.
>
> 2. Alice creates a site and purchases a font to use on it.  Bob sees
> the font, likes it, and wants to use it on his own site.  Since there
> are no same-origin restriction, he looks at the stylesheet to find
> where the font is located on the server, then links to Alice's server
> in his stylesheet.
>

In situation 1, Bob has obviously and deliberately copied the font. In
situation 2, he has not.

I'm not lawyer, but it seems to me the legal and ethical issues in situation
1 are clearer than in situation 2.

Rob
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