Re: outlining fonts in Illustrator CS
With all the concern from various foundries about the unlawful copying
and distribution of fonts (even altering them, as we PPL folks might
be errant enough to do, is illegal in most current licensing) I can't
help but notice that foundries themselves still practice the fine art
of theft. I was looking through my digital Monotype Imaging collection
and for the first time noticed that Book Antiqua is the spitting image
of Palatino!!! I would assume if Monotype had the rights to reproduce
it they would have called it by its original name.
I was a beta tester for Adobe in the 90s and just out of curiosity I
once asked if any of the foundries that had been come to fore in the
heyday following the unlicensing of the PostScript Type 1 format had
ever paid a dime in tribute. The answer was nope, not even a penny.
Not even good old Emigre, who went so far out of their way to hunt
down thieves, they would check their records for the designer of any
ad, etc., they found that used their fonts and would contact the
offender for payment if they were not registered. But not a dime was
ever offered by Emigre for use of format. I have always found this odd
and have brought it up a number of times on various lists where
foundries were complaining about unlawful copying but have never
gotten a return response.
In the days of machine composition, foundries would steal outright,
but they had to deal with their own specific machinery and reconfigure
the typeface for it.
I suppose if someone provides the digital format for free, why should
the foundry have to pay, just for piggybacking, right? After all, they
paid for the font creation software, which is presumably licensed to
the format owner. On the other hand, as I mentioned in the previous
post, OpenType is just the beginning, there are most probably other
formats coming down that night road. This is not the end of the "font
wars." I proposed "they don't want us screwing with the type."
Actually, my suspicion is that they don't want "you" to have the
capability of making type.
>vendor (of which I'm one, occasionally) tries to keep his or her stuff
> Yep, it's a major headache for legitimate users, every time a font
from being sprinkled around every graphic arts lab in the known
> Sheesh ;-)