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Re: New work on fonts at W3C

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 08:37:27 -0700
Cc: "Adam Twardoch" <list.adam@twardoch.com>, <www-style@w3.org>, "Mikko Rantalainen" <mikko.rantalainen@peda.net>
Message-Id: <04DF3C1D-C855-4D88-B330-34CFE05552E4@gmail.com>
To: "Levantovsky, Vladimir" <Vladimir.Levantovsky@MonotypeImaging.com>

On Jun 16, 2009, at 12:51 PM, Levantovsky, Vladimir wrote:

>> > Fonts that were licensed prior to the availability of the new  
>> EULA will need to be repurchased, if EOT rights are desired.
>> Why, except to squeeze more money out of Web publishers? Earlier in  
>> the document, it says that this license comes with no extra cost,  
>> but it sounds more as though the truth is that the cost has just  
>> been folded into the price that everyone must pay for a Monotype  
>> font.
>> People who actually do pay for multiple copies of the same font  
>> would do so even if the font was in a "raw" format. Those who would  
>> not would simply convert it, or not use it at all.
> This is another reality of the world we live in. The new EULA grants  
> new rights and with them comes a new set of restrictions.  
> Unfortunately, we cannot grant new rights to customers without  
> having them agree to abide by certain restrictions in the new EULA.

Why does that mean you have to re-charge them to buy a new copy? You  
could for instance, post something on your Web site that says  
something to the effect of:

Monotype hereby grants licensing rights to existing license-holders of  
Monotype fonts, which allow said licensees to make convert the font to  
EOT format and make it available to up to four Web servers per  
licensed font, or to obfuscate the name to an Monotype-provided GUID  
and restrict access via CORS, provided they accept all terms of this  
new, replacement EULA. Those who do not accept the new EULA on this  
page are not granted any additional rights. Those who desire to make  
the font available to additional Web servers must purchase additional  
fonts, each of which may be made available to another four Web  
servers. For the purposes of this agreement, the terms "Web server",  
"make available", "CORS", "obfuscated", etc. are defined herein.

> In this particular case, it has nothing to do with money.

Oh, riiiiiiiggggghhhhht. Its just a coincidence that you chose a path  
that involved your customers giving you money a second time for the  
same product.
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