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This is only my second post. My first post was back in July entitled "Help with Licensing Management (dubious Font server thrown in my lap)"
SInce then, I am happy to report I've had some success getting fonts to be purchased according to their licensing. For example, we purchased a font for all the required seats of actual users with font access, instead of just the bare minimum option of 1 to 5 users.
But now my trouble is the other half of licensing — usage.
When I point out that the licensing does not allow collect for output or modifying into a logo for common example, I am literally laughed at and told nobody pays any attention to usage limitations. I don't mind being the brunt of jokes, but I am concerned about the infringement of intellectual property. Sometimes the reaction is anger, "We paid $5000 to use this font legally, instead of our usual $50 for 1 user, and you think we can't use it however we want?!" So they proceed to use it however they want to use it and I am viewed as the big office monkey-wrench trying to muck up the system with my imagined power.
I have explained how type can be protected by copyright, trademark, patent and all the laws pertaining to software. I have described collect for output to unlicensed users as software piracy. I am seen as being nuts. No one takes this seriously.
I realize we are not the only people operating this way, and I'm pretty happy I have made some progress on the purchasing side of licensing, but I still have a long way to go. So I would appreciate any help. One thing that would really help me is some accounts of the consequences of getting caught. I actually had a person hand me their mattress tag, "Do not remove under penalty of law" to demonstrate to me the FBI hasn't kicked their door down yet. So a link to convicted felon, or imposed fines or something from the public record that would help to support my idea of smart business practice. Meanwhile, I'm framing the mattress tag.