On a design blog called Be A Design Group, which I read regularly, an article was posted yesterday titled 'Five Steps to Font Freedom. The article is addressing the severe lack of fonts for web design and proposes some ideas on propagating them such that web type would be 'liberated'.
The bullet points are:
1. Convince the Font Companies to Surrender Their Monopoly
2. Create Read-Only Versions of Fonts
3. Adopt the Free Versions of Fonts
4. Share Your Fonts
5. Build Free Versions of the Classic Fonts
It's written by a designer, not a type-centric person, and as such it explores ideas that will probably make a large number of you freak out. The thesis seems to be: I don't have to have a font to read a book, so why do I have to have it to read a website? It then examines a handful of conceptual, rather than practical, ways that this could be overcome. While I think the article is reflective of a certain degree of naiveté, it also reflects a very real and very legitimate frustration. If some of the generous and knowledgeable Typophiles from these forums drifted over there and contributed thoughtful and informed thoughts on what could/would/does/doesn't work, the discussion could break out of the insulated walls of our own little realm and perhaps inform a broader graphic design audience about type. The site is run by designers who are also teachers, so I presume many of their students regularly read their site as well.
Again, some of what they suggest will probably be offensive to those who make type for a living, but they're a good group of guys asking honest questions about real concerns, not a bunch of jerks who just want to pirate fonts or something. So I encourage you to wander over and help enlighten people about type.