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Simon Strom

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Post Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:54 pm

Font ownership question

If we charged a customer for a font to do the job they hired us to do, is it legal to send the customer a copy of that font also? We have sign products that allow the customer to print their own paper replacement inserts. We have a customer asking for them. Thanks for any advice.
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Post Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:03 am

I'm guessing that if you do, you shouldn't keep a copy yourself. Unless the licence allows multiple installs.
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Post Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:24 am

I'm with Andy. If you sold it to your customer, then it's his, and not yours.

However, it might not be as simple as that, because the terms of the licence may not permit re-sale. I fact you have, in all likelihood, not even bought the font yourself, but merely a licence to use it.

If you want to be sure about this then you need to settle down for an hour or two with the small print. :D
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Post Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:15 am

Simon,
You might want to check with the foundry you bought the font from. Just email them the question and see what happens.
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Post Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:33 pm

Thanks for the responses everybody. I'm not even the one that actually purchases the fonts here, so I'm not even sure where or how we bought it. The sales person seems to think that the company we're doing the work for bought the font, but it's possible that we already had it before that. I'll check into it though.
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Post Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:05 pm

technically your are using the tool for the purpose...

if u let them have the font, then thats down to your management :wink:

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