font licensing

Fonts are creative and intellectual property. Typefaces are the result of extensive research, study, and experimentation, and for some designers the creation of typefaces is their livelihood.

The right to use fonts is licensed, and the right to use a font designed by someone else isacquired from the foundry that created the font and is granted in the form of an end-user license agreement (EULA). There are diff erent types of EULAs depending on the use. There are standard, corporate, and site license agreements. Typekit is an organization that specifically offers font licensing for web use. Users need to check the agreement for the specific font they would like to license with the organization they are licensing it with.

If caught using a font without the proper license, the user will have to purchase the correct license for the font and in some cases pay damages to the originating foundry.

Using a font without the proper license also prevents the type designer from being fully

To ensure that you are complying with font licensing standards, you can use the following guidelines:

1) Make sure you have a license for all fonts that you are using.

2) When installing new fonts on your computer, make sure you also obtain the license to use it.

3) If you have questions about a font license contact the vendor.

4) Don’t lend or give fonts to others to use unless you originally licensed the font for multiple users and you are sharing only with those designated as multiple users in the license agreement.

5) When downloading fonts that are available for free, be sure to check their license agreement for correct usage. The types of usage allowed can vary from personal use to educational use to commercial use.

Learn more licensing fonts from International Typeface Corporation (ITC):