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RE: My solution of webfonts problem

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:44:40 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Paul Nelson (ATC)" <paulnel@winse.microsoft.com>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0804220934360.25764@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Sun, 20 Apr 2008, Paul Nelson (ATC) wrote:
>
> Read the Microsoft Office EULA. Fonts are included. Read the Vista EULA. 
> Fonts are included.

...and as I mentioned already, the EULAs don't say what you keep saying 
they say. In fact my reading of them, as detailed in the links below, is 
that embedding the fonts unchanged as TTF files using data: URIs is 
allowed, and recasting the fonts as EOTs and putting them on a Web server 
to be linked to from a stylesheet is not allowed.

   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2007Nov/0274.html
   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2007Dec/0084.html

You didn't reply to either of those e-mails, yet you continue to claim 
that EOT is ok while TTF is not. All this while your company 
simultaneously ships software that allows anyone to use exactly what you 
say isn't allowed (Silverlight supports using raw TTF files from HTTP).

Anyway, from a W3C perspective there are now three implementations of TTF 
@font-face available, so we should be able to require that in a spec and 
have that spec survive CR without any troubles.

The idea that fonts somehow need the protection of (very poor) pseudo-DRM 
when graphics, stylesheets, scripts, documents, etc, do not, is 
ridiculous. We already have a mechanism to handle copyright violations, 
it's the legal system. We should let the legal system do its job.

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