Hi, I was wondering what/who https://fontpeople.co.uk
is. They’ve recently purchased licenses for fonts from us and claim to be a type foundry “with access to almost every font in the world”. I’m suspicious of such claims but might be misunderstanding something here.
They are providing a service of license management. This would actually be a good thing for both buy and sell side if it was being done by an intelligent person acting in good faith. I think he's probably mostly in good faith but not thinking very deeply and therefore doing things that are as negative as if he was in bad faith. The URW and Monotype pedigree is mostly supporting evidence for that theory.
So far as I can tell all orders are for clients. I've seen orders come in under the FontPeople name and challenged him on it since we expressly require that resellers must provide their client's name and that the client is the licensee. When pressed he claimed it was an "autofill error" and provided the client's information. The next order was done correctly. That said, I'm heard from others that they had the same experience and so suspect this is an intentional pattern.
My strategy so far has been to engage with him in a patient but stern manner. Not knowing better isn't an excuse. If he's gonna present himself as an expert I'm going to judge him by that standard.
BTW, I wasn't sure Europe allows SW resale. I thought that maybe the US did too? FWIW I'm all for it myself, and see ethical problems with preventing it. BUT: it has to be done transparently, versus this apparent sleight-of-hand.
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