Need guidance on how to purchase FONTS for COMMERCIAL use?

biffy's picture

I've downloaded an "Old English.ttf" font several years back and now I'm thinking about using it for commercial use. But the zip.file wich contains the txt.file doesn't say exactly what author I should contact for purchasing and negotiations. It just lists a bunch of not so serious looking websites.
Even when I google the name of the font I'm given a bunch of none sersious looking e-shop sites.

***************** Question 1.) **********************
Can someone recommend me to a trusted e-shop which sells the "Old English.ttf" font?
Which doesn't cost a fortune.
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I want to use the font for my website, logo, and use the font to print messages on T-shirts which I want to sell commercially.

***************** Question 2.) **********************
What sort of license fits my needs?
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Any kind of guidance and tips would be much appreciated.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Biff, if you could post a sample perhaps we could better direct your efforts.

Stephen Coles's picture

It depends entirely on whose font it is, but if it's a commercial font, a basic user license will work for your uses.

biffy's picture

Here's a sample of the font.
http://i17.tinypic.com/2m2ucg3.png

1.)
Almost identical as kuroneko's link tips it seems.
But my Old English version the E,V,B for instance have slight varations to it.

2.)
Anyhow when adding the font to the shopping cart it says this in the number of users part:

Licensed Users: 1-5
Price: $45.00

I'm gonna make it for the web that's like several 1.000 visitors, and I'm planning on selling T-shirts using that font to several 1.000 visitors.
Will this 1-5 License cover me legally?

Miss Tiffany's picture

Do you have the EULA? I can't help but think we need to know from where you licensed the font before we can answer your question. Some foundries allow you to use their fonts commercially. Other foundries do not and are quite specific about it.

cuttlefish's picture

I’m gonna make it for the web that’s like several 1.000 visitors, and I’m planning on selling T-shirts using that font to several 1.000 visitors.
Will this 1-5 License cover me legally?

Generally, with a regular user license, you are allowed to sell images of the characters comprising the font on finished products. That's what fonts are for. (Some free fonts specifically disallow this under their non-commercial use only clause.) Sometimes the amount of use comes into the terms of the license, but that is not typical.

What you can't do is package the font software, either on a disc or as a downloadable file and sell or give it away it yourself. An entirely different sort of licensing is required in that case.

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