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Typophile thread started in February 2009. I particularly like Uli Stiehl's contribution: Who wants to talk about "ethics" should have read some books about it. For English readers, I recommend G.E.Moore, "Principia Ethica" and "Ethics" - P.H.Nowell-Smith, "Ethics". Scholarly books on ethics reveal puzzling "naturalistic fallacies" (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalistic_fallacy). Nowell-Smith wrote in 1954 in his "Ethics" on page 41: "Yes, you have convinced me that it is the right thing to do; but ought I to do it?" I stated above: "It is my opinion that any work should get its adequate remuneration, and this also applies to designers of fonts", and I think that decent people such as Nick Shinn are above reproach and should receive our support. But this industry does not only consist of decent one-man-designer-foundries, but is infested with many companies which rip off the fonts designed by others on a large scale and sell them under their own labels. Those who think that downloading is unethical should modify the question and ask: "Is it unethical to download the fonts of rip-off foundries?"

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