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I'm currently working on a final year dissertation on the subject of type design and the legal framework/ins and outs of utilising typefaces and fonts, and was looking to get some broad insights from people in the Typophile community.
The question is as follows:
Given the current commercial and legal environment for typography, what scope is there to simplify licensing to facilitate the broader use of type?
This is particularly with regard to having to stipulate all the font usages in advance when there are many unforeseen elements within the design process, and also a simplification for use by non-designers might help access a new market (purchasing as a commodity - essentially license free with the aim of reducing piracy?)
I'm also looking into whether a global agreement about copyright and protection of the designs is feasible - at least to get closer to an international accord as both European and US regulation varies.
Thanks for all your help in advance!