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The Typophile discussion is about Adobe's EULA (license agreement). Let's sit back and have some fun with that.

  • 4.2. [...] You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Software [...]. Fonts are not software. So please go ahead and experiment. Fonts are data, not software.
  • 14.7.3 You may take a copy of the font(s) you have used for a particular file to a commercial printer or other service bureau, and such service bureau may use the font(s) to process your file, provided such service bureau has a valid license to use that particular font software. In English: the print service bureau needs to pay for the font. What an absolute rip-off scheme this is! You, as graphic designer, pay for a font to do a certain job. Yet, to print---everyone has to print---the print service has to pay again. Why not use another company that does not impose such a restriction? Why not double the price right away and remove the printing restriction? Of course, everyone is free to require or charge anything they like, but why is this business model surviving?

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