How important dynamically rendered type is to design and use on the web must now be clear. In addition, the only other option—that the type industry cede its intellectual property to the public without permission—is not going to happen.
There should be a new file extension for this. I propose “.wtf” – “WebType Font”.
… What he fails to mention is that every font-consuming application on every platform on every computer on Earth will need to be “upgraded” to “respect” this permissions table. Because otherwise they’re not really permissions, are they? They’re just useless bits taking valuable chunks out of my metered bandwidth plan. Like the bozo bit without the bozo.
All of the type designers I know desperately want to find a way to enable people to use fonts online, and not just because we’re capitalist stooges, but because we live our lives online.
Truth be told, I don’t know. I feel rather like the physicist who just explained relativity to a group of would-be interstellar travelers, only to be asked: ‘How do you expect us to get to the stars, then?’ I’m sorry, but I don’t know that, either.