As a fan of good type, I'm curious as to why more designers and foundries haven't thought about moving to desktop licensing models that go beyond the traditional "x number of users can use the font in any sort of project and the cost goes up as x increases."
Obviously, it's impossible to make a living from free/libre fonts, so unless somebody with deep pockets comissions one, that's out as a model, but what about, say, use based licensing: home/hobbyist users pay less than people looking to use the font in commercial projects. Enforcement could be tricky, but I can think of a couple things that would help. The non-commercial version could potentially be named differently ("NC" or "Home" could be appended to the name). Also, the non-commercial edition could be shipped only as a TTF, which would make it unsuitable for use with large-scale printing.
Has anyond tried this? Was it unsuccessful? Or is the home market simply too small to be worth spending time on?