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Re: The unmentionable

From: Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:24:49 -0700
Message-ID: <f49ae6ac0907300824q546670c5l80783979de8480cf@mail.gmail.com>
To: Christopher Fynn <cfynn@gmx.net>
Cc: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, www-font@w3.org
On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 5:35 AM, Christopher  Fynn<cfynn@gmx.net> wrote:
> On the other hand fonts on the web are used in public and, if proper records are kept, it should be reasonably straight forward for font vendors to determine whether that use is properly licensed or not.

Not necessarily. For any font that has at least two routes for sale
(say, direct and a resellter), with no sharing of customer records,
it's very hard to be sure. This is a *very* common case, not only for
big foundries, but for independents who both sell direct and say,
through MyFonts.

Now, if moving forward all fonts licensed for web use also have
customer-specific info in the font, and for some reason that info is
hard to forge, then *maybe* you are more correct than I imagine. But
probably not.

Even if it was possible to detect most illegitimate web usage, I'm not
nearly as hopeful as you about enforcement. Beyond sending an email,
enforcement is expensive and complex. Few font vendors/creators have
the time and money for doing much enforcement. Leastways, that's been
the history.


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