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Adobe versus Agfa

Adobe is taking legal action against Agfa over Adobe's right to use certain Agfa-owned fonts in its Acrobat electronic-document software. Agfa had threatened to pursue its rights to the fonts under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Adobe claims its licensing agreement supersedes the DMCA. Document Font Embedding states: There has only been one case that has been brought to court which tested the usage of these embed flags. It was a case that Agfa Monotype brought against Adobe Systems for the software that Adobe produced which did not respect these embed flags. The court noted that embedding bits do not effectively control access to a protected work. Court notes. My own take: Adobe ignored Agfa's embedding flags---fair enough. But then Adobe loses the moral right to go after anyone who tampers or ignores Adobe's own embedding flags on any of their products. They have to choose one side of the track.

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