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.
could you briefly tell me the nature of the lawsuit?
Maybe copyright is the wrong word, surely a "bot" that could collect this information
would be useful for enforcing licencing?
I know of a type designer that frequently finds his type used by
organisation that don't have a licence, then he simply sends them an invoice.
Sure this kind of self policing is not the answer, but he has benefited