Font Licensing 101

Ralf H., Typographer

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19 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Trailer

      2:23
    • 2. A1: Why are fonts licensed?

      5:56
    • 3. A2: How are fonts licensed?

      3:53
    • 4. A3: License types and the basics of font use

      10:03
    • 5. B1: Desktop Fonts—Basics

      3:49
    • 6. B2: Desktop Fonts—The users

      5:06
    • 7. B3: Desktop Fonts—Pre-installed fonts

      2:11
    • 8. B4: Desktop Fonts—PDF embedding

      1:57
    • 9. B5: Desktop Fonts—Typical additional limitations

      3:11
    • 10. C1: Webfonts & HTML ads—Basics

      4:02
    • 11. C2: Webfonts & HTML ads—Webfont use and licensing

      3:27
    • 12. D1: E-Book and app fonts

      2:20
    • 13. E1: Server and OEM licensing

      3:06
    • 14. F1: Free fonts—Basics

      2:27
    • 15. F2: Free fonts—Creative Commons licensing

      1:32
    • 16. F3: Free fonts—OFL & other software licenses

      1:40
    • 17. G1: Reading desktop licenses

      9:14
    • 18. G2: Reading digital publishing licenses

      5:54
    • 19. H1: Real-world scenario: The design—client relationship

      5:14

About This Class

Learn everything you need to know about the legal aspects of using fonts. A course for everyone working with digital fonts, but especially for users working with fonts in a professional environment.

This class covers these topics:

  • Why are fonts licensed in the first place?
  • The differences between font license types—like desktop fonts, web fonts, ebook fonts and so on.
  • Learning to read and understand an End User License Agreement. 
  • Typical font licensing scenarios, e.g. design studios or freelancers working for clients and how licensing and payment work in such cases.