Desktop Fonts

Commercial use desktop font licenses from Fontspring

What Can I Do With A Desktop License?

Most font users know what to expect from a desktop license. However, if you are a new font user, you probably have some questions. Desktop licenses are the only license where type designers don't all use our license, so at first it can be a tad overwhelming. We’re here to help. First, we have a worry free badge that lets you see fonts that are guaranteed to have an standard set of permissions in their license. Second, we’re always available to help, we’re just an email or chat away.

 

Fontspring vs. OEM licenses

If a foundry uses our license, read the rest of this page to understand what it allows. If they use their own license, it's going to be similar to ours with a few exceptions. But don't worry, we've done all the hard work for you. Each font has worry free badge if the license meets a standard set of requirements. It doesn't absolve you from reading the license, but it allows you to shop with confidence.

In A Nutshell

A desktop license is the most common license and covers most commercial font usage. You can create graphical designs (logos, signs etc) and products (mugs, t-shirts, hats etc.) for yourself, or your client(s). Products may also be sold for profit as long as the letters are not the main selling point of your product (like a house number or stamp set). This license is limited by “users”. Embedding fonts is not allowed with this license with a few exceptions (such as a PDF reports). All Fontspring licenses are perpetual, which means you pay once and use it forever.
 
Note: Embedding a font means to include the font in a file to be used by the person receiving the file. For example, a font file embedded in a website’s code. Embedding rasterized images created by the font is not considered embedding the font. Embedding licenses for websites, apps, ebooks and more are available from Fontspring.

Branding

You may brand your business with this font. If your business becomes very successful, you will not need to pay any additional fees. If you are a branding company, you may create brands for your clients as well. However, if your client would like to the font to use on their computers, they should purchase their own license.

Greeting Cards

You may use the font to create greeting cards. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own greeting cards. An additional license may be available for this use.

Logos

You can create logos for yourself or your clients.

Movie Captions

You may use the font to create captions for your movie creations, but you cannot embed the font in movie software you sell or in the movie itself... In other words, make sure that the recipient of your product cannot extract the font file. If you need to embed the font, an additional license may be available.

Movie Credits

You may use the font to create movie credits for your movie creations, but you cannot embed the font in movie software you sell or in the movie itself... In other words, make sure that the recipient of your product cannot extract the font file. If you need to embed the font, an additional license may be available.

Movie Titles

You may use the font to create titles for your movie creations, but you cannot embed the font in movie software you sell or in the movie itself... In other words, make sure that the recipient of your product cannot extract the font file. If you need to embed the font, an additional license may be available.

PDFs

You may create read-only, not editable PDF files. Extended PDF embedding is available under an Ebook license.

Pens

You may use the font to create pens. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own pens. An additional license may be available for this use.

Signs

You may use the font to create signs. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own signs. An additional license may be available for this use.

T-shirts

You may use the font to create t-shirts. They may be for you, your business, to be sold for profit, and/or to be intended for resale by your customers. However, you cannot use the font in a system that allows your customers to create and customize their own t-shirts. An additional license may be available for this use.

Why Buy From Fontspring?

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Fair Fonts

Fontspring loves our customers and our font designers. And we love customers who love font designers. We pay the highest royalty rates (70%) to our designers and our affiliates (17%). Buy your fonts from us and know that the people who deserve it are getting the largest cut of the sale.

Try Then Buy

Many of our fonts now have free demo versions. These demo fonts are fully installable versions of the font with a reduced character set. You can try the font in any program for testing and comping.

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Expert licensing and troubleshooting assistance is only a chat, email or phone call away. We pride ourselves on the support we provide. And if we fail to live up to your satisfaction, we will give you your money back.

Frequently Asked Questions

YES Can I create a coffee mug, pen, greeting card etc. to be sold for profit?
YES Can I create clothing to be sold for profit?
YES Can I create graphical titles, credits, or captions for a movie?
YES Can I create a logo for my business?
YES I am a graphic designer. Can I create logos, websites or other products for my clients?
No If my business becomes really successful and I have branded myself with the font, will I need to pay more later?
YES Can I temporarily distribute the font to a printer, designer or developer?
Can I modify the outlines in my artwork to make it how I want it?
YES Can I embedded the font in a PDF document and email it to people, sell it, or make it available on my website?
No Can I use a dingbat to create a logo or product where the main image is the dingbat?
No Can I use the font to make house numbers or stamps that would then be sold one letter at a time?
No Can I build the font into a computer game, mobile app, eBook, phone, printer, TV or camera?
No Can I use the font in my web service that allow my customers to compose items such as business cards, marketing materials, collateral items and photobooks?
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Fontspring was the first to offer affordable, reliable, self-hosted web fonts, app fonts and ebook fonts. When Fontspring began selling fonts, the only perpetual licenses available were desktop licenses. We broke into the market by selling our extended licenses with foundry's existing desktop licenses. All that to say, unlike all our other licenses, desktop licenses often differ from foundry to foundry.

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