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Adobe sued by Agfa--Monotype

Adobe is sued by Agfa/Monotype in 2002 on the basis of the DMCA (the Digital Millenium Copyright Act). Adobe has been licensed to sell ITC and Monotype fonts, and claimed the right to permit its customers to embed those fonts in electronic documents such as its own Acrobat. Agfa/Monotype does not want that embedding. There could be many results of this case that may change the landscape: (1) ITC and Monotype fonts might disappear from the Adobe collection, as the Berthold fonts did a few years ago, and that would leave them just with a bare-boned Slimbach-Twombly-Stone based collection. (2) If the suit is pushed to the limit, the DMCA may be declared unconstitutional (as it should, by the way). Since I side against that repressive DMCA, I hope that Adobe wins this one. The irony, of course, is that Adobe itself has used the DMCA to jail Russian programmer and Ph.D. student Dmitry Sklyarov for selling software in Russia to disable Adobe's eBook protection.

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