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Old 09-20-2021, 10:32 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Hitch View Post
... I do think that font designers do face an existential threat. ...
The emphasis should have been on "unwilling to accept that there's an existential threat to font designers and sellers were they to allow font embedding on equal terms for both PDFs and Ebooks". I do not dispute their right to charge for fonts.

What I am unwilling to engage in is the meticulous book-keeping of how I use a font I licensed (see, I do not say "bought"). When I buy (or license) some software, I'm not restricted in what I do with it. I can illustrate a house, poster or a pipe dream. I'm in no way limited for whom I work. With a font I must check if I'm legally entitled to do a book cover or an inside cover, or all of the body copy. I may have to watch the print runs of a book, or the number of ebooks the font is used in. The only "existential threat" here comes from me avoiding the record keeping all together by not using a font with such a license.

Just look at the way fonts for the web are licensed. Most foundries charge by the number of page views per month. Problem: nobody knows how many page views there are for a given web page, not really. A very large proportion of page requests served by a web server are from bots, some totally abandoned and forgotten or running wild (Just look at your raw server logs if you have a web site). Some analytic tools therefore assume a "visit" is a request where embedded javascript is executed incrementing a counter somewhere. Thing is, a proportion of requests is from people having javascript intentionally disabled, to avoid ads, irritation or some tracking. Therefore: no-one can know for sure.

Font licensing is therefore a can of worms best not touched unless the license is one that allows you to use a font without double entry bookkeeping.

When it comes to being ripped off you're not the only one having learned the lesson. Back in the days when we did what could be called consulting work where the client paid a chunk on account by card and the balance after delivery of our conclusions, some people thought we meant them to pay on account followed by a charge-back once they had the goods.

I solved that by requiring a written and signed order confirming the key aspects (already entered on an online form) and the payment method (including card details) sent by fax or post before even looking at a job. Dealing almost exclusively with European clients may have helped. Even installed a dedicated fax line. To me the only significant bits of that confirmation were the payment mechanics. That requirement delayed job completion, but it absolutely eliminated our charge-backs.

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