Fonts - Copyrights
Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:59 PM
If I download a font which is "free for commercial use" and later on this font isn't free anymore, is it still legal to use it in new projects?
In other words, do I have to buy it although it was free when I first downloaded it?
Did you download a font where this happened? The answer might be within the end-user license agreement
With fonts, sometimes certain weights have different license restrictions (example: normal is free, but bold and italic are not). Or maybe it could be that you have a different version of the font. Type foundries can produce and distribute the same font under different licenses.. it's not common but it can happen.
Anyways I think you are alright and don't need to worry
Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:46 PM
Thanks HappyGD for your response. I think font restrictions can get tricky at times.
Yeah, it can be tricky sometimes. What I do is organize my fonts as either personal use or commercial use so in the future when choosing a font, I automatically know when I can use the font and whether I can freely give it to other people to use.
Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:09 AM
I'm still curious to know if downloading a font which is "free for commercial use" now is going to
provide me the right to use it in commercial projects in the future.
My concern is that if I use a specific font in a logo / business card and later on the client
will be interested in using the same font in other commercial materials, it will require an additional investment
(in case that the font's creator decides to change the license agreement).
Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:12 PM
Think about it this way... imagine making a free font, then having it downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by people all over the world, and then wanting to change it's licensing? It would be almost impossible to enforce any new rules
Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:45 AM
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