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WE DON'T KNOW.
Libre webfonts have so little in common with the type and fonts that normally type designers make, they are totally different objects and products.
Does MS sell any fonts?
I am surprised that Max wrote, "I agree that pirated fonts & software can help build demand for properly licensed fonts & software"
Yea. Tooottttaaaallly different.
Nice example Jackson... you can also create a very samples using commercial fonts, like TEFF Collis and Elena Try it, just for fun.
The thing about Google is, it's providing an entirely legal conduit for large numbers of webfonts, some of which are competently made and a few of which are very well made. Will that help expand the market for well-made commercial webfonts? Probably, to some extent. Will that cut into the sales of well-made commercial webfonts? That's probable, too. Will the net effect be positive or negative for designers of commercial fonts?
Should we also worry about whether the few excellent foundries and designers in the world are effecting the sales of all other commercial fonts?
Exactly! GF will not decrease TypeKit or Webtype sales... Hoefler will.Unless they get to improve their services to a similar level. In particular, the sub-setting panel, is a thing of beauty....
Libre Webfonts primarily exist (on the web) to freely (i.e. without hindrance) generate, manage and shape textual-based information. Libre Webfonts are not primarilly there for human purposes but are mostly there for the purposes of other software.
As I wrote earlier, I think it is very important for font makers to get to grips with the reasons why some clients want fonts with open licensing, what they want to do with such fonts, and why it is in their business interests to invest in such fonts.
John Hudson: I don't agree with Vernon's assessment that Libre Webfonts are somehow completely different kinds of objects from commercial fonts
Google, Wikipedia, Adobe, Ubuntu, Firefox... the list of organizations will keep growing more and more in the future, as everything keeps moving to cloud-based solutions. This are only the tip of the iceberg, the "early adopters"
Adobe made a point of ensuring that Source Sans and Source Code are not derivative designs
Monotype and Adobe are making use of Google web fonts
[Chris Lozos] I don't believe that for one second, no matter what Pablo says, that free type is good for paid business.
but I don't know of another font foundry that isn't upset about them. I challenge Vernon to name one of these "high-end" foundries
...from the above images I can see many specific features which are identical, and many more that are very close.
I'm not sure where Vernon gets this notion. Monotype and Adobe are making use of Google web fonts, but I don't know of another font foundry that isn't upset about them. I challenge Vernon to name one of these "high-end" foundries.
Personally, I don't think either Source Sans or News Cycle hold a candle to News Gothic.