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Font Licensing Compliance

A $2 mil­lion dol­lar law­suit was filed when pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Rick Santorum’s web­site was found to be using just one unli­censed font.[1] London’s Campden Publishing was found to be using $156,000 in unli­censed fonts in its books.[2] The fine could well have been in the mil­lions. NBC Television was sued for $2 mil­lion because it had licensed a font for use on 3 sys­tems but allowed it to be installed on many more sys­tems.[3]

Is your orga­ni­za­tion ful­ly com­pli­ant? Are you sure? None of your employ­ees have snuck a “free­ware” or unli­censed com­mer­cial font onto any of your sys­tems? Are fonts only installed on the allot­ted num­ber of com­put­ers and no more? Are you will­ing to bet $2 mil­lion on that belief?

Fonts are com­mer­cial soft­ware licensed for spe­cif­ic uses, dis­al­lowed from oth­er uses, and lim­it­ed to acti­va­tion on a cer­tain num­ber of com­put­ers.

What can you and can’t you do with your fonts? How are your fonts being used? How many seats (licens­es) did you pur­chase for a giv­en font? On how many com­put­ers is that font real­ly installed? These are cru­cial, poten­tial­ly cost­ly ques­tions. Do you know their answers for every font used by your orga­ni­za­tion?

Let our font licens­ing experts remove all the mys­tery for you. We’ll iden­ti­fy where and how your orga­ni­za­tion is using fonts, their licens­ing, and whether any are being used out of com­pli­ance. Then we’ll work with you to bring your orga­ni­za­tion into full com­pli­ance and estab­lish poli­cies and sys­tems to stay that way.

Pariah Burke

Author, consultant, trainer, guru: Digital Publishing, ePub, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark. Empowering, Informing, Connecting Creative Professionals™

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