By: Katelyn J. Dougherty, Esq.
Calling all startups, business owners, and anyone who uses fonts!
When you create a document or design, choosing the right font is essential to ensuring that the message you’re trying to convey is clear and effective. However, what many people may not realize is that every font you use requires a license.
Fonts are “software” entitled to intellectual property protection, and as such, require a license to legally use without potential fines, lawsuits, and other penalties. This is known as a font license and is a legal agreement that allows you to use a particular font for a specific purpose. Font licenses can vary widely, but they generally define the terms under which you can use the font, including the number of users, the number of devices the font can be installed on, and the specific ways in which the font can be used.
There are several types of font licenses, including:
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