"Font software managers, buyers, and users now need to know and meet their license commitments. Merely delivering creative designs and work, meeting customer project deadlines, and collecting invoices, isn’t enough any more for sustainable businesses that rely on fonts.
What’s new, in font acquisition and usage? Were rules or reality revised, for artisans enabled by digital fonts? Why should graphic designers, advertising professionals, and other typography users know or care about their font “supply chain”?
The answer is: a mix of old and new, makes mindfulness and effective management now a requirement for font software deployment. The new reality is a combination of (i) broader, more globally accessible utilization and display of fonts, plus (ii) long-standing, enforceable font software licensing obligations - both voluntarily, by your contracts, and automatically, under applicable copyright law. This updated reality means that ignoring font licensor rights is a recipe for business pain and the negative financial impacts - like fines, lawsuits, bad publicity, career repercussions, or more.
What’s new, in font and other software ownership, protection, and enforcement by those “upstream” providers of electronic tools for creativity? Have vendors
morphed in their business practices, in ways that impact font software users? Yes."