Licenses

Legal Information on Fontgrube Fonts

What's ok to do with your fonts?
What exactly is a license?
What kinds of licenses are there at Fontgrube?
What are my advantages as licensee?
May I share the fonts on my web site?

What's ok to do with your fonts?

You may use all fonts downloadable on this site for your own personal or non-commercial purposes, as long as you abide by the rules of the free license. That regards mainly redistribution. Usage means: installation on your computer, documents labels graphic files etc. It does not include sharing and distribution. For sharing these fonts see the regulations below.

What exactly is a license?

Computer fonts, like other software, are protected by international copyright laws.

"License" means "permission". The license of a font tells you what you are allowed to do with it – usage, sharing, publication. With the license I, being the copyright holder, give you permission to use my fonts.

What kinds of licenses are there at Fontgrube?

Not every font ships with the same license. Basically, there are three kinds of licenses at Fontgrube:

  • freeware: The majority of my fonts come with this license. You may use them for personal and commercial purposes, including, of course, government and non-profit organisations use.
    You may share them with your friends. For redistribution in the internet see below.
    You may even adapt and change these fonts for your own personal needs, but you need my permission in writing to share or distribute changed or converted versions.
  • freeware-noncommercial: Fonts under this license may be used free of charge for personal and non-profit use.
    Personal that's your (personal) letterhead or door sign, a birthday invitation to your friends, scrapbooking, gifts or anything else that you don't make money with (or those you work for). So the sign for the van of your neighbour the plumber next door is commercial, even if you don't ask money from him for it.
    Non-commercial (and therefore ok) is any use in non-profit organisations, societies, associations maintained by volunteers.
  • commercial: For fonts that go by the freeware-noncommercial license you can usually buy a commercial license, aiming in the first place at designers, advertising companies or other professionals who want to use such a typeface in their business environment. Many companies have an internal policy on software to avoid the use of non-licensed software on the job. Usually there is a budget for software. Make your boss pay for the font you need.

What are my advantages as licensee?

In addition to a clear conscience ;-) you may receive an improved and updated font file with better kerning and/or more characters by e-mail. Fonts with extended charset and hand-calibrated letterspacing and kerning are an important quality feature for professionals. You may install the font on up to five machines on your premises, as well as send it to a print shop or similar for the execution of your print job, provided they delete the font software after finishing the job or, alternatively, buy a license of their own. Company Licenses are available on request. Please use the contact form.

May I share the fonts on my web site?

Sure – under certain conditions. Check the readme file that comes with each font. In short:

  1. You have to offer the download free of charge. So the download on pages which require a membership fee is not ok.
  2. You must share the font in form of the ZIP archive file that you find on this page for download. You may not add other files to the archive (e. g. to advertise your site). You may not bundle the fonts in one archive with other fonts, be they Fontgrube or other typefaces.
  3. You may NOT offer the font as an executable file, like an installer, nor by means of an executable, like for instance a download manager that the user has to run or install on their machine.
  4. You have to indicate the license conditions correctly. Fonts that are free for non-commercial use only may not be offered as "freeware" without an indication that this is for non-commercial use only.
  5. You may not distribute or share changed or converted versions. That includes conversions to web font formats.
  6. Of course you may only share only the download versions, not the purchased commercial versions of the fonts.

It is recommended that you send me an e-mail when you start sharing my fonts on your site so I can keep you abreast of updates or new fonts. Use the contact form.