BRAVO Tiffany, the EULA G_enius!

dezcom's picture

SoTA's Interrobang 2 contains a great article, "The case for a User-Friendly EULA," by Tiffany Wardle. It just might have been inspired by a thread here on Typophile where she volunteered to put together a matrix of EULAisms from assorted foundries. GREAT JOB Tiffany!!
Oh, and there is a bunch of other reallly good articles too :-)

ChrisL

hrant's picture

You should've seen her tongue-lash the near-sighted font houses in person at TypeCon.

hhp

dezcom's picture

>You should've seen her tongue-lash the near-sighted font houses in person at TypeCon. <

Not our sweet meek-mannered Tiff :-)

You go girl!

pablohoney77's picture

hey, how can i get my own copy of Interrobang?! I'd like to read the article myself.

dezcom's picture

>how can i get my own copy of Interrobang?<
The trick is to join SoTA and it comes with the membership.

eomine's picture

Tiffany's article is online, here.
(via Chez Porchez)

hankzane's picture

EULAs don't protect anything

jmc's picture

Yes, just collections of words, like the Carta Magna, Amurabi's Code (I don't know the correct spelling in English) or the US Constitution: just words.

The Word, the Law, Writting: this is Civilization.

hrant's picture

Hmmm.
Who was more/less civilized, the American Indians, or the invading Europeans and settling Americans?

Formalism, visible language, etc. are merely avenues through which civilizations express themselves, and very often "civilizations" that are well-dressed and nicely smelling are constituted of SAVAGES.

hhp

dana's picture

Who was more/less civilized, the American Indians, or the invading Europeans and settling Americans?

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dezcom's picture

The Savage beast is present in any and every human grouping, whether we deem them civilized or not. This goes for those who may inhabit the loftiest of White houses, regal palaces, terrorist cave hideouts, or grass huts. It does not matter how they smell, dress, or what language they speak. There have always been exploiters among us and, sadly it seems, there always will be. Judge individuals by there individual deeds, not easily identifiable groups by association.

ChrisL

dana's picture

The Savage beast is present in any and every human grouping,...

I might suggest that the beast is present in every human. It seems to me that even the clearest thinkers and kindest folk can be occasionally exploitive, just as those who appear self-involved or angry can often surprise us with their sensitivity and generosity.

Judge individuals by there individual deeds...

I think this might be the key; although it is often (for me, at least) difficult to accomplish.

cheers,
Dana

dan_reynolds's picture

Well, they do protect things. They protect typefaces, their designers, and founderies. If you break a EULA, you can be sued in court, which happens occasionally.

dana's picture

Perhaps EULA

dezcom's picture

>Judge individuals by there individual deeds...
I think this might be the key; although it is often (for me, at least) difficult to accomplish.<

Indeed it is very difficult for us to accomplish but it is the only chance the Human race has to actually become civilized (instead of just giving the appearance of it).

ChrisL

jmc's picture

Hi, Hrant.

I've come back.

"Who was more/less civilized, the American Indians, or the invading Europeans and settling Americans?"

The American Indians had their words, their laws and their "writting". That's American Indians Civilization.

I think it's very easy to forget that we, europeans, were invaded a lot of times, and with every invasion a lot of important things were completly lost.

Iberians, for instance, had their words, their laws and their writting. That was, or is, Iberian Civilization. You can see some of its productions in archaeological museums.

Every cultural environment has its own laws and any individual inside this environment knows she or he gets in a bad situation if she or he forget that.

By the way, I forgot the Berne Convention in my previous post...

jmc _=+

dan_reynolds's picture

Of course Europe has been the victim of countless atrocities and acts of violence over the ages. I don't think that anyone would deny that. But most of the invaders who came to Europe eventually settled down, and assimiliated into the location population (changing it, of course

jmc's picture

"and then say: "remember, Europe was a victim once, too" is just condescending".

I didn't mean that, Tiff.

It was just an example. We are "cogiendo el r

dan_reynolds's picture

OK, I understand that

hankzane's picture

Tiffany, I guess I can take my statement back if we both agree that words control people. They do, in a way. What I say to you might or might not

Miss Tiffany's picture

Thanks, Chris. One baby-step at a time we can get it done.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Thank you, Chris. One baby-step at a time, designers (those who license type) can make change happen. BTW ... The chart would not have been possible without Nathan Matteson's constant help.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Ok. I wasn't that bad was I? As I started to speak I realised who was in the room and panicked a little bit. Hehehe. My defense, when in a business situation and a little nervous, is to be more out-spoken.

Stephen Coles's picture

Agreed, Chris. Thanks to Tiffany and Nathan foundries are
reexamining their EULAs. A few even changed their docs when
they saw a preview of the chart and saw how unreasonable or
unclear their EULAs were.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Yes, Join SOTA or go to TypeCon.

Tiffany, we talked about running the article again here on
Typophile. Is it within your ability as author to put it online?

(No pressure. Heh.)

Stephen Coles's picture

Hey wait! I had dibs on it first! Let's BATTLE!

Miss Tiffany's picture

The "here" mentioned by Eduardo is actually the EULA Wiki which is open to the public. As for fighting in between Typophile and Typographica I won't stand for it! Hihihihi!

http://fontlab.wikidev.net/The_Case_for_a_User-Friendly_EULA

Stephen Coles's picture

> > > Are you asking for a CHAAHHLLLLENGE!? > >

Miss Tiffany's picture

Sergej -- those are pretty strong words. I wonder why you think that.

Miss Tiffany's picture

If a person is caught with their hand in the cookie jar the EULA also serves to protect the foundry ... whether that hand is one who has licensed the type but is in violation of the EULA or if the hand is someone that went to a blog of disrepute and downloaded it for free.

Good point, Dana. And the cliche works for in this instance without being sappy.

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