The EEULAA website is devoted to working towards a computerized form of the EULA (End User License Agreement), Personalization, and designer recommendations for fonts. For short we're calling this generically an electronic EULA abstract or EEULAA.
Initially, we hope that this site will enable stakeholders to produce proposals and working prototypes of systems that utilize abstract EULAs. Ultimately, we intend to build these prototypes into real software - font editing tools, websites, operating systems, and applications.
You can see the current thinking on the Permissions fields, Personalization Fields, and Recommendations fields on their respective pages.
Who is working on this project?
An initial group of three got the present initiative moving by organizing the Digital rights in fonts: technology brainstorming session, which took place during TypeCon 2004 in San Francisco, in July. That initial group, which co-chaired the TypeCon session, is:
Ted Harrison of Fontlab Ltd.
Laurence Penney of MyFonts
Bill Davis of Ascender Corporation
Attending that event were around 60 people from all parts of the font industry.
We had a second meeting at the ATypI conference in Prague on 2 October 2004 with about the same number of people. Clive Bruton led a discussion there focused on the codification of embedding and usage privileges.
Since then we've had numerous meetings and discussions at virtually every ATypI and TypeCon conference. Emil Yakupov, of ParaType, has produced and contributed a prototype application which allows a user to create an OpenType table with EEULAA. Fontlab has now developed this prototype into a set of libraries for Windows and Macintosh applications. In the summer of 2009 there was a flurry of activity as David Berlow put forth his ideas and a new spec was developed.
There has previously been some discussion on the ATypI members discussion list and some other places. In 2007 an ATypI Special Interest Group was formed on this subject. However we aim with this website to open the discussion to all interested parties, not just those belonging to certain groups. For events where the issues are discussed face-to-face -- that's always good! -- please see our Current events section.
A list of events at which there have been or will be discussions of EEULAA:
TypeCon 2010 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - August 17-22, 2010
ATypi 2010 - Dublin, Ireland - September 8-12, 2010