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I've been gearing up to launch a new version of my site and been busting out some new fonts (some of which will be posted here for critique in the near future), to include taking some of my old, free-for-download fonts, and reworking them into a full character set.
In poking around the web, I'm dismayed at the number of sites out there that redistribute fonts with impunity, and the number of people asking around in forums for "clones"...it really makes me wonder how I'll ever actually recoup my investment in hardware, books, training, art supplies, etc.
So I'm wondering...is it time to add DRM (digital rights management) to fonts? Maybe a DRM'ed OpenType format? Here in the States, we're not covered by copyright, and I'm sick of seeing others profit from my work. In the past I've been rabidly anti-DRM, but the more I poke around, and the more fonts I see from myself, and the people I know, being offered for free, the more and more annoyed I get.
Anyone have any opinions? Does there need to be an OpenType 2.0 format with support for DRM?