Many of us are intrigued by the idea of free fonts. However, the reality can be a little complicated. For example, if you use a free font on a client's project, you want to be sure that the use is legal. There's nothing worse than a type foundry calling your client with the news that the font wasn't licensed for commercial use.
Yves Peters has written a handy guide to keep you on the right side of the law. Called "Licensing 101," the guide is distributed by FontShop as a PDF.
Here are some of the topics you'll learn about:
- Why are fonts licensed, and what exactly does that mean?
- Is it OK to use fonts bundled with software or hardware?
- Is it OK to use freeware fonts for commercial projects?
- Is it OK to use shareware fonts for commercial projects?
- Why do foundries give away some weights of commercial fonts? Can I use them for commercial projects?
The guide also includes links to FontShop's collection of free fonts, which you can use on any kind of project and which never expire. Download "Licensing 101" here.
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