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Adobe's Embedding Permission List

Adobe lists those fonts in its library (Font Folio) that can be fully embedded ("editable embedding") and those that are for preview and print only. The latter are basically all ITC, Monotype/Agfa and Linotype typefaces in their collection. It is interesting that all their fonts came originally without embedding restrictions. Then Adobe was sued by Agfa about this, and while I do not know the outcome of this case, it is clear that Adobe conceded a lot, as it now has to sell its Font Folio with more restrictive embedding conditions. And, ironically, it has to charge its customers some money for this "upgrade". If companies and art directors will have to keep "license permission lists", the convenience of font libraries is lost. The embedding hoopla is what the companies asked for: embedding information can be used (and set) in truetype and OpenType, but not in type 1 (there would have been no reason to sue if the Font Folio had remained a type 1 collection!), hence the push to move away from the "too convenient" type 1 format. Together with digital signatures in fonts, and the oppressive DMCA (which Adobe used to have a Russian computer scientist jailed!), welcome to the era of comfortable typography, which is going the way of comfortable air travel. Adobe pushed for OpenType, and will pay dearly for that short-sighted decision. I say, hurrah to Agfa for rubbing Adobe's nose in its own dirt.

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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html