You'll get nothing less than appreciation from me for the work that goes into the type I use on a daily basis. My respect for type design is deep and sacred. I would pay more than some type sellers charge, if money were no object to me, because my love and appreciation for the craft behind each curve is so great.
I understand, though, that not everyone shares my affinity for type – or my willingness to pay for something that has been incubated with creative energy and lifelong practice even when something similar is available elsewhere for free.
How would you argue for the value of a type license?
Secondly, regarding the difference between type that is licensed for web use and type that is protected with DRM-like restrictions: in the comments section of a recent blog post of mine, folks have asked:
- Why do you believe fonts are "special" for the web [...] vs any other licensed media such as graphics, music or video?
- [How are type designers different] than the creator of images on a webpage, or sound, or text?
What do you think? As you answer, try to consider the issue from the perspective of folks who have been severely disappointed by other creative industries' restrictions.