The Licensing of Web Fonts

1. What forms of use require extended licensing?

2. Why do I need to choose between a desktop font and a webfont? What’s the difference?

3. Do I now need to buy a webfont license because I used a font I bought from you to make a logo for a website/graphic page headers/navigation buttons?

4. Why can’t I use a font I have already purchased from you in my website design?

5. How does licensing work for specifying fonts in a client’s website? Do they need to make the purchase?

6. Is it possible to acquire more page views?

7. What pricing options are available?

8. I have inadvertently purchased a license for the wrong font format. Can I change it?

9. I need to use the same font for both print and Web use? Is there a related discount for purchasing both?

10. Is the font data protected?


1. What forms of use require extended licensing?
Use of the Web Font Software:
1.on workstations within your organization (with the exception of use solely for Permitted Internal Use on the number of Workstations indicated in a Professional Tier account
2.as part of or in conjunction with any Application
3. for Editing
4. in a Commercial Product, requires extended licensing.


2. Why do I need to choose between a desktop font and a Web font? What’s the difference?
“Desktop” fonts are the TrueType, OpenType and PostScript fonts that you’ve been using on your computer for years. These are installed locally in your system’s fonts folder, and you use them in your word processor, design programs, etc.
“Webfonts” are the same fonts encoded in different ways, giving Web developers the ability to design sites using the fonts of their choice. Browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) know how to download these fonts and use them to display Web pages as the designer intended. At purchase time, you can decide whether you need a Desktop license, a Web font license, or both. For example, if you will only be using a font on websites, and don’t need to use it in desktop applications such as Word or Photoshop, you would only need a Web font license.


3. Do I now need to buy a Web font license because I used a font I bought from you to make a logo for a website/graphic page headers/navigation buttons?
No, so long as they’re not live text. Your original license permits you to use the font on your computer within any application that supports font selection, including the graphic applications you use to make menu bars or header elements.


4. Why can’t I use a font I have already purchased from you in my website design?
There are two reasons: first, the license you agreed to on purchase only licensed the font for your own personal use (or that of employees at your company, etc.). Web fonts involve hosting fonts on a public server where they must be accessed by anyone viewing your website, which requires a new license.
Second, formatting fonts for the Web and screen is a complicated task, given the wide variety of ways that Web browsers and operating systems interpret the data built into your font file. Our Web font packages automate much of that compatibility work.


5. How does licensing work for specifying fonts in a client’s website? Do they need to make the purchase?
That depends on your working relationship with your client. With Web font licenses, the name on the license must be the owner of the domain name, effectively meaning that you can’t share your license between multiple clients, in the way you might have been used to in print projects.


6. Is it possible to acquire more page views?
You only need to acquire new licenses; it is not necessary to make additional technical modifications.


7. What pricing options are available?
We offer an assortment of pageview packages, so you can always find a solution that best fits your needs. Packages start at 250,000 pageviews. The more you add, the cheaper the per-pageview cost becomes. For example, changing your pageview package of a font costing 29 USD/EUR from 250,000 to 10,000,000 will decrease your per pageview cost from .12 USD/EUR to .04 USD/EUR.
Click here for information about our Web fonts licensing model.


8. I have inadvertently purchased a license for the wrong font format. Can I change it?
As a general rule, yes, assuming that your order is not more than 30 days old. Simply buy the correct license for the font you want to use. Send us both your new and your old order reference number and we will cancel the order placed in error and your money will be refunded. Your new purchase must be of a similar product at a comparable price. You will need to delete the font you purchased by mistake as the license for this font will be cancelled, meaning that you are no longer authorized to use it.


9. I need to use the same font for both print and Web use? Is there a related discount for purchasing both?
When you acquire a Web font from us, you have the option of purchasing the corresponding desktop font at a discount of 50%. Go to our Family page or use your shopping cart to purchase (valid for basic license up to five workstations).


10. Is the font data protected?
You are responsible for making sure that the font software is used in compliance with the End User License Agreement. However, the font data is protected from tampering and theft in a number of ways. Font file names are obfuscated and, when possible, fonts will be delivered in EOT or WOFF formats. At the conclusion of a users visit to your website, the fonts are removed from their browser’s temporary cache.