The two-edged nature of the DMCA
Posted Sep 5, 2002 22:11 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: The two-edged nature of the DMCA
Parent article: The two-edged nature of the DMCA
>if a font says "do not embed" and someone embeds that font in a PDF >document, then (a) Acrobat _is_ a circumvention device
What if a separate contract says, "no, go ahead and embed"? My understanding of the case (which is based entirely on this LWN article) is that is Adobe's argument. Seems reasonable to me that if Acrobat ignores the embed bits only on fonts where the font author has separately given the user permission to embed, there's no copyright being circumvented.
I believe in this case there is a dispute as to whether that permission exists, but that's a completely uninteresting question from a DMCA point of view.
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