Font licensing is ill, please help heal it(fontsarena.com)

10 months ago from Alina Sava

  • Alina Sava, 9 months ago

    Having no choice doesn't mean things work out. And it's not beneficial for the font authors either, ignoring a big well targeted buyer category is not a good thing.

    Nobody is asking for benefits. We're asking for logic, the same logic that is applied to desktop fonts.

    I do use Adobe, but that is restricted only to personal sites. Including in Adobe's case I can use the desktop fonts in commercial work, but not the webfonts. At all. Not even limited.

    Also, branding needs desktop fonts not web fonts.

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    • nabeel khalidnabeel khalid, 9 months ago

      There's plenty of choice. Smaller foundries offer competitive pricing and most have a simple commercial all license. There are some even on dafont which allow all free for personal work.

      I find this a none issure. If you want to pay for the font you pay for it. If you don't find a similar font for a better price.

      The logic is simple. There is a market to have fonts to be sold like this. Until the market changes nothing will.

      I simply push the expense on to the client and I haven't had an issue yet. In fact, no one I know in the design industry has brought up licensing as an issue. Then again i'm on designer within the world of design.

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      • Alina Sava, 9 months ago

        Would you pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a web font for a website or app? And pay some more hundreds and thousands when you exceed the limited pageviews?

        And market won't change without someone pointing to the elephant in the room :)

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        • nabeel khalidnabeel khalid, 9 months ago

          Pretty sure if that was the case i'd just pay some one to design me a custom font for less, or use a free one. How do foundries enforce the page view check?

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          • Alina Sava, 9 months ago

            Some require scripts, some css, some other kind of tracking. Every external resource loaded is a minus for the performance of a website, and loading fonts and/or trackers externally is therefore less than ideal.

            There are sellers that do not enforce tracking, but for me it's out of the question not to pay for a license I agreed with. I wouldn't like somebody do that with my work, so I wouldn't do that to anybody else's work.

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