Launching FONTSMACK, Part 2
Lesson learned, I hope. Jeff Croft put it best when he said:
The bottom line is that this may not break the letter of their law, but it certainly breaks the spirit of it.
With that, I won't bother waiting to hear back from the foundries. No commercial fonts will be available on the site (unless I get a really nice e-mail back that says, "Sure!" But how likely is that?). As a result, I'll be revising the site to be more of a general font repository of freeware and shareware fonts (do we need another? I don't know but I have the domain name, I might as well use it). As well, I'll still offer a sIFR'd version of the font which will be great for people who don't have the Flash IDE and for font preview, too.
On a more educational note, I also learned a thing or two about font licensing. Never assume that because something is possible that something is legal. Some font foundries such as ITC and Linotype actually have special Internet licensing when the font is used in an editable form. Whether sIFR falls into this category is still, actually, unclear to me.
Also, I am aware that a new version of sIFR would likely require a re-export of the SWF's but that's a given when depending on third-party software. I just hope a new version isn't coming out next week or something. :) Although, it'd be great if the developers of sIFR programmed in backwards compatibility for the current version (Mark Wubben, I think I'm looking at you)!