The two-edged nature of the DMCA
Posted Sep 5, 2002 8:30 UTC (Thu) by beejaybee
Parent article: The two-edged nature of the DMCA
As Nelson would say, "Ha har"!
Seriously, though, there are a couple of issues here:
(1) if a font says "do not embed" and someone embeds that font in a PDF document, then (a) Acrobat _is_ a circumvention device, also (b) whoever caused the font to be embedded is in breach of the license under which they obtained the font;
(2) there is no point in PDF as a "de facto standard" if it is not possible for everyone receiving a PDF file to be able to display it properly.
The obvious course of action here is for Adobe to modify Acrobat so that it honours the "do not embed" tag, and for everyone to call off the lawyers.
The losers here will be the font authors. If they persist in use of the "do not embed" tag, their proprietary products will fall into disuse. I don't see that causing us consumers, nor Adobe, any loss of sleep.
DMCA here is neutral. It's a _bad_ case for us to spend resources on, except in so far as it points out just how ridiculous it is as a piece of legislation.
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