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Fonts are data

Fonts are not media. Fonts are software. What do you suggest as a revenue model for distributing fonts? is what Stephen Coles (FontShop) says on Mark Pilgrim's blog. Mark supports the @font-face idea, and Stephen makes a wrong point in his remark. Fonts are dead data. Software, programs, execute things. Fonts are just lists of numbers that decribe where the ink goes on a piece of paper or which pixels should be turned on on a screen. A program has an input, interactive or not, to whichit reacts, and it produces an output. There is no input to a font. Put 100 computer scientists in a room to discuss this matter, and I believe that you will get unanimous agreement on this---fonts are not programs, fonts are not software. Why does this matter? Well, if fonts are not software, then they not fall under the copyright act in the United States and possibly some other places as well. Hence the lies.

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