font liscensing: upgrading from print to digital

Community Beginner ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Is anyone able to enlighten me in regard to the legalities around adobe fonts that were originally purchased for print products that have now been pushed out to digital products as well ie. ebooks.  We haven't amended our license to accomodate the shift from print to ebook - do we need to do this or are we ok just continuing as we are?.  Or do we need to upgrade our license restrospectively?

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Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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If your e-books are pdf files, then you do not have to update your license as pdf filess. How are you trying to distribute your e-books.

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That is not necessarily true for all fonts from all vendors. For fonts licensed from Adobe, yes it is true. PDF files with such fonts embedded may be freely distributed and displayed on-line without any further license fees. But there are a good number of large type foundries that although they allow fonts to be embedded in a PDF file with no extra licensing, they do require an extra cost license to distribute the PDF files that have such embedded fonts.

Fonts used for web pages other than for PDF (such as in HTML) are licensed separately at additional cost.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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our ebooks are predominately HTML.  Do we have to purchase a seperate digital license for the adobe fonts used in these instances?

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Jan 10, 2012 Jan 10, 2012

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Adobe allows (for fonts covered by our standard font EULA) fonts to be embedded in PDF and EPUB documents. In the case of EPUB, the fonts must use EPUB's obfuscation algorithm. Using Adobe InDesign's EPUB export will accomplish this properly.

Note that you're responsible for following the terms of your own font EULA(s). Other foundries or EULAs might have different terms.

Regards,

Christopher

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