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Re: New work on fonts at W3C

From: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:35:02 +0100
Message-Id: <761C0391-FBB1-405A-AFF2-25A8C2053FF8@jfkew.plus.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 22 Jun 2009, at 21:47, Aryeh Gregor wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 3:21 PM, Jonathan  
> Kew<jonathan@jfkew.plus.com> wrote:
>> On the other hand, given that current (or very near-future)  
>> versions of all
>> the main non-MS browsers will be supporting .ttf/.otf files (and  
>> not .eot
>> files), perhaps foundries that are willing to license fonts for web  
>> use
>> should consider John Daggett's recent suggestion, which as I  
>> understand it
>> would work with today's browsers: create the desired "fences"  
>> simply by
>> appropriate font naming. For example, the Monotype EULA that  
>> permits .eot
>> use on a web server could also permit .otf use on a web server  
>> provided the
>> font is internally renamed along the lines John suggested. That  
>> would (it
>> seems to me) serve as a pretty clear "No Trespassing" sign, too,  
>> and would
>> allow sites to be both IE-compatible and FF/Opera/...-compatible in  
>> their
>> font deployment. Used in this way, direct linking to .otf files  
>> need not be
>> suitable *only* for free fonts.
> However, this would allow anyone to copy the font over to their domain
> and have it work on their site (not necessarily knowing that this
> violates its license terms).

But the point is that if font name is something like "LICENSED FOR  
SITE.COM USE ONLY", would-be copiers/users can hardly fail to notice  
it. Yes, people can copy it and use the file, but they'll be aware  
that they are trespassing.

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