Questions on EULA, Duration, and Usage of Fonts Commercially

New Here ,
Jan 03, 2020 Jan 03, 2020

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Hello, I have a few questions about font licensing for commercial use:

 

1. It's my understanding that you only need one EULA for any of the fonts you use for commercial purposes from Adobe fonts. Does that mean that the font can be used for perpetuity or is there a time limit?

2. I'm assuming based on all I read that I can trademark my logo using an Adobe font and use it on my packaging and social media banners and ads for example. Is that correct?

3. Lastly, if for some reason I am no longer subscribed with Adobe Creative Studio, would that mean that the right to use that font in my logo, packaging and other marketing materials would be over as well? 

 

Thank you so much!

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LEGEND ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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1) An EULA isn't a right to use. It is the words of the end user license agreement. You need to establish whether you are talking about the current "Adobe Fonts" product, or about purchasing a separate license to use fonts by Adobe, also called, um, "Adobe fonts". 

2) An interesting question. I know, for example, that the license for Adobe Stock images does not allow their use in trademarks. I suggest you check the EULA carefully, and run the idea past your trademark lawyer. We cannot give legal advice (it would be illegal to do so), but there have been major lawsuits about the use of fonts in products, see eg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property_protection_of_typefaces#Lawsuits the "My Little Pony" case.

3) The Adobe Fonts product is subscription based and your ability to use the font goes away if you stop subscribing, as does your ability to edit any of your files saved in proprietary formats, but the work you made and saved as PNG, for example, continues to exist. 

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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Thank you for your response!

 

1) I would like to use a font that has been developed by a third party but is available on the Adobe fonts database on my logo. That logo would be used on labels, website, social media banners, and other marketing collaterals. This link from Adobe says that this usage scenario is allowed: https://helpx.adobe.com/fonts/using/font-licensing.html#act-img.

 

2) Also, in this thread, an Adobe employee states repeatedly that the Adobe EULA is what governs the use of fonts in Adobe fonts database: https://community.adobe.com/t5/type-typography/adobe-fonts-for-commercial-logos-print-and-more/td-p/...

 

3) It shocks me that Adobe allows you to trademark a logo but you can only use it while your subscription is active. A trademark lasts 5 years at least, so if you decide to cancel your subscription you will need to cancel your trademark too?

 

Thanks again 🙂 

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Jan 05, 2020 Jan 05, 2020

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"Also, in this thread, an Adobe employee states repeatedly that the Adobe EULA is what governs the use of fonts in Adobe fonts database: https://community.adobe.com/t5/type-typography/adobe-fonts-for-commercial-logos-print-and-more/td-p/..."  I am sure they are right. What I was pointing out is that you said " It's my understanding that you only need one EULA for any of the fonts you use for commercial purposes"  You are using the word(?) EULA as if it is a license. EULA cannot be used (correctly, legally) in the way use it in your sentence  "...you only need one EULA ..."

 

"It shocks me that Adobe allows you to trademark a logo but you can only use it while your subscription is active"  That isn't what Adobe say and it isn't at all what I said either. (I don't speak for Adobe).

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