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Licensing Options

To accommodate the font needs of everyone, from sole graphic designers to worldwide enterprises, Monotype offers the following licensing models.  You can review the license agreements covering your fonts when checking out by clicking the license documents link on the “Enter Billing Details” page or on the family page under "License Information"

Standard End User (Desktop) License

A Standard User License is issued with individual font purchases. Standard end user licenses are best suited for individuals and small organizations or in instances when only a limited number of individuals will need access to a desired typeface. Most standard end user licenses license a font for use on up to five CPUs and one printer within an organization. The number of allowed CPUs can be increased by increasing the quantity in your cart. However, terms may vary depending on the agreement. The license that is issued is determined by the font foundry or designer that supplied the font to Monotype. Some suppliers license fonts through their own end user license agreement (EULA). Most suppliers license fonts through the basic Monotype EULA.

Web Font License

Webfonts can be used on a single domain. Agencies responsible for multiple websites, for example web design agencies or hosting providers, may not share a single webfont license across multiple websites. Every time the webpage using the webfont kit is loaded (i.e, the webfont kit CSS which holds the @font-face rule is called) the counting system counts a single pageview for each webfont within the webfont kit. For usage in graphic images shown on the website, consider a Desktop license instead as most allow for it.

Digital Ad License

A digital ad license allows use of a font within banner ads or ads that are displayed in Web or mobile applications. When purchasing your digital ad license, you specify the number of impressions your campaign will require. If you’re uncertain how many impressions you will need, you can purchase a small allotment and true up at the end of the month. Upon purchasing your license, you can download an ad kit containing Web font versions of the typefaces you licensed. You can upload your ad kit onto your ad network or embed the fonts directly into your ads.

Mobile App License

A mobile app license permits the embedding of a font into the iOS, Android or Windows Phone mobile platforms for a single title and a set number of app installations. You can view and modify the installation limit from the cart. App installations can be spread out across the platforms your app is available for. A new license is not required to cover updates to an app, however installations of newer versions of your app do count toward your installation limit.

Electronic Publication (ePub) License

An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.

Server License

Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.

Other Commercial Licenses

Monotype works directly with organizations to create custom license arrangements to cover uses beyond those described above. For more information, please contact us.