All licenses or End User License Agreements (EULAs, the foundry’s terms you agree to before downloading their fonts) are prominently displayed on each foundry page. For example, here’s Frode Helland and Sindre Bremnes’ foundry, Monokrom. Find the link just below the foundry description text. Links to the corresponding license are also at the bottom of each family page, and at checkout. At the top of each family page, find a concise graphic on the line just below the Buy button for quick reference, showing which licenses and formats are included. For example, FF Quixo is available for desktop, web, and mobile.
Desktop fonts are licensed based on the number of users. Within desktop, there are two main font formats our foundries deal in: OT (OpenType), and TT (TrueType). Though the technical differences between these two formats once determined compatibility with different systems, they’re now essentially interchangeable. TrueType fonts remain the standard for interoperability between PC and Mac platforms, while OpenType fonts are the most readily accepted by print houses and service bureaus in the graphic arts industry. The creation of the OpenType format in the late 1990s brought with it greater character capacity and rich substitution features, which gave a single font the ability to include both upper & lowercase and small caps, for example, and allow the typographer to easily highlight a passage and switch between the two.
The webfonts that FontShop carries are self-hosted, the kind you host on your own webserver. They are licensed for use on websites in accordance with the conditions of the CSS@font face declaration. The industry standard format for webfonts is WOFF (Web Open Font Format). These are marked simply ‘Web’ on the FontShop site. The webfonts from FontShop.com are supported by all major browsers, including Firefox 3.5+, IE 5+, Opera 10+, Chrome 4+, Safari 3.1+, iOS Mobile Safari, Android 2.2+ and BlackBerry OS 6.
We offer two licensing models for webfonts, both based on the number of pageviews.
With the Pay As You Go licensing scheme you purchase a certain quota of pageviews. The cost is determined by the number of times your webpages are viewed. By the time your pageview quota is nearly exhausted you will receive a notification, alerting you it is time to license a new batch of pageviews. The foundries that participate in the Pay As You Go model are Linotype, Monotype, ITC, Bitstream, and Ascender.
As its name implies, you only need to pay once with the Pay Once license – the cost of the license is determined by the estimated monthly pageviews, without additional charges. In the event the traffic to your website increases, simply recalculate the number of pageviews to determine the new cost of your license. This is similar to upgrading a multi-user license when the number of users increases beyond the maximum amount of users allowed by the original license.
A Mobile App license grants you the permission to embed a font in an iOS, Android, or Windows Phone app. Some foundries have app licenses that are determined by the number of application titles for which the fonts are being licensed, while some have a distribution limit, which is the maximum number of app downloads permitted by your license. This number is not restricted to one single platform, but can be spread across any mobile platform for which your app is available. If you need more downloads, you can easily increase the distribution limit within the cart. And once you’ve used up your distributions, simply relicense the font.
Although they are quite similar, there is a distinct difference between a Desktop license and an Electronic Publishing license. You need the latter to embed a font in an electronic document such as an e-book, an e-magazines, or an e-newspaper. Yet if the font is not embedded but used to create a static image, like the cover of an e-book, you will need a separate Desktop font license. Each Electronic Publishing license is valid for the full operating life of one single title only. This also covers format variations, and updated versions of publications that are issued free to already existing readers. However every new issue of an e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication, as are newly issued versions of existing publications.
Internet-based businesses offering client-specific products, ranging from PDF invoices and visiting cards to images with captions and personalised T-shirts, need an expanded license model. Thanks to the Server license remote users or website visitors can access fonts that are installed on a server. This license however does not allow those users to download the font files, nor may the fonts be used outside the server environment. The Server license does not cover software as service (SaaS) applications, because in these instances the service is not the means of providing a product but becomes the actual product. A Server license is valid for one year, and covers a pre-defined number of CPU cores on production servers that have the font installed. Development servers are not taken into account.