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Fonts are not software

Great article by David Earls in which he explains his views on what fonts are. He argues that, like a music CD, fonts are data, not software. Some quotes:

  • Typefaces (and, you guessed, music) are a specific form of data, they are ideas, they are the result of solving creative problems, they are inspiration and beauty, and as such are an expression of life, of humanity. Does that sound like software to you?
  • I think it devalues high quality typography to label it as software, even if the designers themselves who label it so may be only doing so in order to obtain financial or reputation protection under antiquated and ill-fitting intellectual property law.

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