That means it is an industry, and something more. So, yes, it is. And the definition of the word itself means type is an industry. Call it business if you want, but industry is correct.
Regarding to the type market... who will control it in the real world? What's the control difference since GWF or Libre fonts? Did it change? What are we talking about?
Why do I have to care about the type establishment if I'm not part of it and nobody is inviting me?
Are there people loosing their jobs based on typography development? Who? How many? If there is a real damage to the community I want to see it in real numbers.
The only thing I see in this discussions is fear to change. I confess I had it for a while, but the time pass and I don't see the problems coming. I see more and more people making money from type design. But maybe someone is getting harmed and I don't know.
Patrick Griffin coments in this thread are the most sensate and constructive oppinion I've read.