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We should develop a system like Isotype for simplifying font licenses.
If foundries/vendors would be willing to adopt such a system
It seems unlikely to me, since some prominent foundries I know consider their EULA to be completely central to their business models and competitive advantage.
… a EULA is a legally binding document, so some depth and complexity is probably impossible to avoid.
The symbols would explain the EULA, not be the EULA. Similar to how the Commercial Type EULA is presented alongside explanatory text.
Stuart Sandler said:I think Tiffany did this a while back Stephen
This included only a handful of foundries, but I remember it was a pretty arduous task. I’d also format it differently today. The complicated footnote structure was my fault as I was trying to fit a lot of info into the small space allotted by our little publication. If you omit most of those individualized terms, allowing more columns and groups of columns, it might be a decent model for how a gdoc could work.
John Hudson said:
The symbols would explain the EULA, not be the EULA. Similar to how the Commercial Type EULA is presented alongside explanatory text.I hope that our EULA will evolve into a Talmud-like document, surrounded by layers of interpretative commentary, and commentary on the commentary.
That said it would be totally useful if it were interactive and one could click on, say, "app embedding" & "basic license"…
Even if a new spreadsheet were created today it would still have to contain many levels and asterisks to explain addendum and minutia of how a font can be used.
Nina Stössinger said:
Well, for one thing a EULA is a legally binding document,