At 02:32 AM 1/19/98 +0000, Miles Newlyn wrote:
>Cut from WIRED:
>BMI, the music licensing giant, recently launched MusicBot, a modified search
>engine that searches for and monitors use of music files on the Web. Soon
>Webmasters will be required to pay for the privilege of playing tunes, just
>like everybody else.
>Does anyone know if this technology could be customised for use of type?
Sure it could, but the law does not necessarily stand on our side (yet).
Remember that music licensing for public performance is on a per-use basis
(disclaimer: this is a non-lawyer's understanding of the situation in the
US). So if I own a coffee shop and play CDs from my collection of CDs, I
would have to pay a licensing fee everytime I play the CD. Even playing the
radio has a similar requirement. I think it was ASCAP that was sending
people to restaurants to catch violators of this a couple years back.
In the US, we still don't even have a clear statement that the digital
files that make up a type 1 or truetype font are copyrighted. If we did,
then the Adobe-SSI lawsuit would not be happening.
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