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Re: the truth which dare not speak it's name

From: Tal Leming <tal@typesupply.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 13:18:50 -0400
Cc: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, Thomas Lord <lord@emf.net>, www-font <www-font@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C7F0B60F-5FF2-4A67-BF01-2D49D026792B@typesupply.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>

On Jul 8, 2009, at 12:36 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:26 AM, Tal Leming<tal@typesupply.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 8, 2009, at 11:45 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>> Note, though, that Hudson was talking about people who  
>>> *commissioned*
>>> fonts for their own use, rather than just ones who bought a  
>>> license on
>>> an existing font.  The latter situation is actually more
>>> understandable, from a "well if I have to pay for it, you should  
>>> too"
>>> eye-for-an-eye perspective.  Having a font commissioned, though, is
>>> something different.
>>
>> How?
>
> Before commissioning a font, it doesn't exist.  Time and skill has to
> be spent to create it.  It thus makes sense that commissioning a font
> should cost money - you're paying for a scarce good (the act of
> creation).
>
> The font itself, though, is an infinite good.  It can be perfectly
> mass-copied for free.  Sharing it doesn't require any effort at all,
> unlike commissioning it.
>
> My point is then that, since paying to commission a font is natural,
> you shouldn't get any weird 'fairness' feelings making you think that
> other people should morally pay as well to receive it.  On the other
> hand, since having to pay for a copy of a font is a fundamentally odd
> thing, it can understandably produce "misery loves company" feelings.

I'm sorry, but this doesn't make any sense. I'm pretty good at seeing  
all points in an argument but you've absolutely lost me.

I think this is a philosophical argument that doesn't have much  
relevance to the discussion at hand.

Tal
Received on Wednesday, 8 July 2009 17:20:00 GMT

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