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Charles Ying and ATypI's lies

Charles Ying (1949-2010) was the CEO of Bitstream, and creator of the successful site MyFonts.com. In 1999, he wrote to the ATypI 99 registrants a message, which started out: Dear ATypI 99 attendee, I am inviting you to a sneak preview of a new web site, myfonts.com. Our goal is to create an easy way for any computer user to find and purchase fonts. Our vision is for myfonts.com to become the amazon.com of fonts. (Etcetera.) I do not mind the spam at all, and I applaud Ying's business acumen, but what I do object to is that ATypI gave the list of emails of the attendees to a private company. If Bitstream/MyFonts paid for that list, it looks really bad for ATypI. If they did not pay, it also looks bad for ATypI. Ironically, ATypI states: We do not pass email adresses to third parties. That is a blatant lie. When will organizations and companies learn to publically admit mistakes?

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