Responsible Font Licensing
If you’re a graphic designer you know that typefaces, fonts, and good typography are integral components of any creative toolbox.
The number of font choices available to us is astounding. On any given project, graphic designers spend hours searching for exactly the right font to emote a feeling that will effectively align with the messages in their designs.
Today, fonts are used in virtually every media that exists — more media types will certainly follow.
That being said, the value of fonts are often taken for granted.
Designing and producing a quality, marketable font is no small undertaking and involves a painstaking amount of creativity, skill, and diligence. Reputable type designers can spend anywhere from months to years designing a font — it is truly a discipline worthy of our respect.
Fonts are intellectual property (IP), like other creative content used in our business (photography, illustration, logos, music, etc.) and are protected by copyright law. Type Designers rightfully expect to be compensated for the use of their IP — every bit as much as graphic designers do for theirs.
Fonts are also software — just as any Adobe or Microsoft product is. Like any software, individuals or corporations who use a font must purchase licensing in their own name to legally use it — and agree to use it according to the terms and conditions set out by the font designer in their End User License Agreement (called a EULA).
There are hundreds of type designers and the terms and conditions in their EULAs can vary greatly between them. It’s a mistake to think that all EULAs are alike. Some are permissive — allowing wider use of a font, while others are very restrictive — requiring much more awareness and control of use.
It is graphic designers who choose the fonts that will be used on their client’s brands. While the selection of a font is certainly about aesthetics, the ability to honour and comply with the terms in any given EULA is crucial.
Clients fully expect that the font choices made by graphic designers working on their brands will be prudent and will keep them out of legal jeopardy due to copyright infringement issues.
Be responsible. License all the fonts you have on your computer and understand the terms and conditions around their usage — you’ll have peace of mind knowing you and your clients will not be at legal risk.
Font Shield is a font licensing/font management consultancy. We help brands and agencies navigate their font licensing needs and mitigate their legal risk so they can get on with the business of selling their products and services.
CANADA TYPE EULA
Font Software End User License Agreement v4.192
Thank you for licensing Canada Type fonts. We have tried our best to make the terms of this agreement very clear and reasonable, but if you have any questions about any of them, you can always get in touch with us using the contact information included in this document, and we will try our best to clarify things further for you.
By downloading and/or installing any Canada Type font or fonts on a computer owned by you, your company or an entity you represent, you are indicating your agreement that any and all such fonts are the exclusive property of Canada Type, and you, your company and/or the entity you represent have a license to that property under the terms of this End User License Agreement, thereby agreeing to the following:
Font software: Coded software that generates typeface and/or illustration designs when used in combination with certain hardware or software plus any and all data provided with such software.
End User: You, your company or an entity you represent, purchasing this license and bound by the End User License Agreement (EULA), a legal agreement defining the allowable uses of the Font Software.
Basic License: Documentation/permission allowing the use of the font software on a single device registered by a single user within the guidelines of this EULA.
2. Governed License(s).
The type of license granted to you under this agreement goes into effect upon Canada Type’s receipt of full payment of the permissible use fees associated with each type of license. This EULA solely governs the granted uses of the types of licenses detailed herein. Any and all other uses not included herein are considered, drafted and calculated separately, and count as extensions or addenda to this EULA. To inquire about such licensing, please contact Canada Type using one of the methods listed at the end of this EULA.
3. Desktop & Print License.
Upon payment in full for a desktop & print license, Canada Type grants you a non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable (except as expressly permitted herein) license, to use the Canada Type font software for use on one computer in conjunction with three output devices in accordance with the terms and conditions herein. An output device is defined as a printer, silk screener, vinyl cutter, die-maker, rubber stamp maker, or any other machine that uses Canada Type font data to output forms rasterized and generated from the computer where the font data is installed.
If you want to license Canada Type font software for more than one computer or three output devices, you must upgrade to a multi-user license, which allows use of the font software on two or more computers and four or more output devices within the guidelines of this EULA. Multi-user licenses are priced according to the following table:
If you would like to license Canada Type font software for more than 1000 computers and/or 3000 output devices, please contact us for a price estimate.
Examples of permitted usage under the Desktop & Print License are the installation of the font(s) on a computer operating systems for use within desktop applications such as Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, etc., to create and print documents or make static images in raster digital formats, such as png, jpeg, gif.
4. Web Font License.
Upon payment in full for a web font license, Canada Type grants you a non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable (except as expressly permitted herein) license, to embed the Canada Type font software into websites to stylize HTML web pages using the @font-face selector in CSS files, limited to one domain (URL) specified at the time of purchase and which is owned or under direct control of the licensee.
Under this license the Canada Type font software must be adequately secured so that other websites not under the control of the licensee may not have access to the font software for displaying content, including hotlinking or direct access via web server integration.
Modifications, alterations or conversions of the Canada Type web font software are prohibited, including any copyright notices, comments or legal information contained therein.
Using Canada Type web fonts with technologies other than @font-face, such as sIFR or Cufón, is not permitted under this license. This license does not allow the integration of the licensed web font within any live or interactive text applications that allow users to create, edit or modify text, including, but not limited to PDF documents, pre-press services, image files, merchandising uses such as stationery and personalized products or for any printing purposes.
This license does not allow the use of Canada Type web fonts on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking sites.
The price Canada Type web font license is based on the number of page views received by the domain on which the Canada Type web font is being used. The license price gradually increases with the number of pageviews, according to the following table:
5. ePub License.
Upon payment in full for an ePub license, Canada Type grants you a non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable (except as expressly permitted herein) license, to embed the Canada Type font software within digital publications, including commercial digital products of file formats such as epub, mobi, pdf, kf8. Any and all such embedding is subject to the following conditions:
The font software licensed for embedding in electronic and/or digital publications is licensed solely for one computer in the development of such documents. The purchase of the appropriate multi-user desktop & print license is required to accommodate the installation of this software on more than one computer.
The font software is licensed for the number of digital publications contained on the license purchase receipt at the time of purchase, with perpetual rights grand by this agreement. License pricing options are available for either a single digital publication or an unlimited number of publications.
The font software must be embedded within the digital publication in a non-editable format with Printing and Viewing rights only. For embedding in electronic documents containing forms, editable embedding is allowed only if a license for an unlimited number of electronic publications was purchased.
The digital publication may not allow the installation of the font on the operating system where the publication is viewed, nor may it allow end user access to the font software independently of the digital publication software.
End users of the digital publications shall have no right to use the font software to create, modify, or alter a document, or use the font software or any derivative works in any other manner then set forth herein.
The licensee agrees that sufficient measures will be taken to ensure that the font software is adequately secured within the digital publication’s software, including, but not limited to, obfuscating font file names within the digital publication software and subsetting the font’s character set.
6. Mobile App License.
Upon payment in full for a mobile app license, Canada Type grants you a non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable (except as expressly permitted herein) license, to embed the Canada Type font software within mobile application software on a single platform, subject to the following conditions:
The font software licensed for embedding a mobile app is licensed solely for one computer in the development of such documents. The purchase of the appropriate multi-user desktop & print license is required to accommodate the installation of this software on more than one computer.
The font software is licensed for a single mobile app, for use on one mobile platform (such as iOS, Android, Windows RT or Windows Phone) for the life of the app. Separate mobile app licenses are required for embedding the font software in a mobile app for separate platforms.
This license does not allow the embedding of the font software in programs that run within non-mobile formats, such as Mac, Windows, or console gaming platforms. If you’re interested in obtaining such licensing, please contact Canada Type to inquire about availability and pricing.
Licensee agrees that the font software will be embedded in a secure manner within the mobile app, and that the font data cannot be fully or partially extracted, altered or modified by any users, and does not allow access to the font software outside of the mobile application.
Licensee agrees that the font software will only be used for the purpose of rendering non-editable content within the mobile app. Users of the app will have no right to use the font software to create, generate or output new documents such as PDFs, word processing documents, advertisements, static or scalable images, labeled photos, or edit, enhance and/or modify any documents for any personal or commercial purposes. Use of the font software within any server or web-based application is not permitted by this license.
Canada Type fonts may not be embedded in application software considered a plugin, template, skin or theme.
Canada Type fonts may not be redistributed with the mobile app or its source code.
7. Other Licensing.
Types of licenses not listed or counted in the previous sections (such as for use for broadcast, HTML5 banner ads, desktop application embedding, and other uses) are considered special license extensions and are priced and granted on an individual project basis. To inquire about such licensing, please contact Canada Type.
8. Copying of the Software.
One copy of the font software may be made for back-up and archival purposes only. The licensee is responsible for the back-up copy.
You may transfer the original software license to another party provided that all materials, including this software and back-up copy, are transferred. All copies must be removed from the originating end user’s (your) device. Canada Type must be notified when this transfer takes place and the recipient must agree to the licensing terms and conditions contained in this agreement. This will constitute a transfer of the license to the new user.
A single software license cannot be transferred to multiple users; only the original license can be transferred from one user to a comparable user.
10. Font Modification.
The font may not be modified without the express written consent of Canada Type. The modified font software may not be sold or distributed, except in a special arrangement with the consent of Canada Type.
This font software may only be distributed by Canada Type and its authorized distributors. It is unlawful to distribute the font software an/or make the font software publicly available via and not limited to the internet, download, LAN/WAN network, email or physical media.
This software and accompanying documentation are copyrighted and contain intellectual property information owned by Canada Type and protected by international laws and treaties. You may not make or distribute copies of this software or accompanying documentation without the express written consent of Canada Type.
13. Disclaimer and Limited Warranty.
Canada Type warrants that the font software is free of errors and will be replaced within 90 days of purchase in the case of defects found. If failure of the font software results from accident, abuse, or neglect, Canada Type assumes no responsibility to replace the software.
THE SOFTWARE AND ACCOMPANYING WRITTEN MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND CANADA TYPE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS THE WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND MERCHANTABILITY. IN ADDITION, CANADA TYPE DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE OR THE WRITTEN MATERIALS IN TERMS OF CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, CURRENTNESS OR OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS A RESULT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE IS ASSUMED BY THE USER.
14. Purchaser’s Indemnity.
You agree to inform any person (such as a family member, partner, employee, co-employee, employer) having access to the Canada Type Software and copies thereof, of the terms and conditions of this EULA and to ensure that these terms and conditions are abided. You agree to indemnify and hold Canada Type harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, and costs including attorney’s fees, arising out of your breach of this agreement or promises you made. If these terms are not agreed to and respected, Canada Type reserves the right to revoke the granting of license(s).
This agreement is governed by and constructed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada. All disputes between Canada Type and the end user, whether or not arising hereunder, shall be conducted within the courts and jurisdiction of the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Please keep all receipts. If you have purchased your font(s) directly from Canada Type, records of such purchases are already within our database. If you obtained Canada Type fonts from an authorized Canada Type distribution channel, please keep a record of the time and place of purchase for future reference.
Canada Type reserves the right to terminate this agreement immediately if you (the end user) fail to comply with the terms set forth in this agreement. Upon termination, you must remove the font software from all devices, including all documentation and back-up software.
17. Contact information.
Canada Type can be contacted using the following methods:
22 Latham Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M1N 1M8