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Re: question

From: Christopher Slye <cslye@adobe.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:03:09 -0700
CC: "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>
Message-ID: <FA5782CA-882B-4673-BBC4-3FE15E3DA1A7@adobe.com>
To: Peter Bailey <PBailey@bna.com>
Obviously you don't need a license to use the font if you're the owner. You'r free to convert the font to WOFF and serve it to a web browser.

WOFF is a kind of delivery format, but the (proposed) standard is open, so the process of converting a WOFF back to a desktop font is well documented. It's not quite as easy as unzipping, but it's not strong protection. WOFF is more of a deterrent: Anyone who takes the WOFF off your server and wants to convert it to a desktop font will have to do so deliberately.

This situation is not unique to fonts. Many different kinds of intellectual property are already delivered via the web, and can be misused or stolen by unscrupulous people. Any foundry or font owner should be aware of that risk when they make a font available on the web.


On Sep 28, 2010, at 9:29 AM, Peter Bailey wrote:

> Thanks for your response. If my company owns the license to a font, though, and obviously our customers don't, would the license be broken if we propagate the font out via our web site to them? I thought that the "font-face" element in CSS3 already allowed for the downloading of fonts. WOFF is doing the same, but, the fonts are zipped up in some way. Can the end user unzip them to their heart's content and thereby steal them from us? 
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