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Re: I expect all foundries to start offering web font licenses within 6 months.

From: Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:48:04 -0400
Message-ID: <f49ae6ac0907171448l44c92429k7df6ce4f74984678@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dave Crossland <dave@lab6.com>
Cc: www-font <www-font@w3.org>
On further consideration, I just wanted to say that "I expect all
foundries to start offering web font licenses within six months" may
not be so crazy. It depends on what you mean by "web font licenses."
If you mean "offer licenses that allow folks to link to naked TTF/OTF
fonts on web servers" (which is how I interpreted the original post)
then yeah, that's not happening any time soon.

But if you mean "offer a license that permits or enables SOME kind of
web usage," then yeah, at least most foundries will probably be there
within six months.

I'll also note that some of the solutions being cited as examples of
licensing for TTF/OTF on web servers are not exactly what it sounds
like from the casual references here. They are built on top of the
"raw font" approach (as well as on top of EOT), but the solution
vendors such as TypeKit are building in *lots* of other protections to
make font vendors happy.

Cheers,

T
Received on Friday, 17 July 2009 21:48:39 GMT

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